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Canadian Cheese Soup

 Canadian Cheese Soup
My family loves Canadian bacon, but I don't run across a lot of dishes that call for this pork product. Everyone was thrilled the first time I offered this succulent soup.
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 ounces Canadian bacon, trimmed and diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, combine the first five ingredients;
  • bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or
  • until vegetables are very tender. With a potato masher, mash
  • vegetables several times. Add bacon; continue to simmer.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan; stir in the flour and
  • cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk.
  • Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes (mixture will be
  • thick). Add vegetable mixture, stirring constantly. Remove from the
  • heat; add cheese and pepper. Stir just until cheese is melted.
  • Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

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Canadian Cheese Soup (continued)

Nutritional Facts:Diabetic Exchanges: One 1-cup serving (prepared with low-sodium chicken broth, margarine, skim milk and low-fat cheese) equals 2 meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable; also, 252 calories, 402 mg sodium, 33 mg cholesterol, 22 gm carbohydrate, 19 gm protein, 11 gm fat.