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Creamy Cheese Soup

 Creamy Cheese Soup
We have a large family, so I always plan a big holiday menu. This time-saving first course is enjoyed by everyone— including the cook!
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup each chopped carrots, celery and green onions
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) process cheese sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  • In a saucepan, bring the carrots, celery, green onions and water to a
  • boil; reduce heat. Simmer until crisp-tender; drain. Cool slightly.
  • Place in a blender; cover and process until smooth.
  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter. Add flour; stir until
  • blended. Gradually add milk and broth; bring to a boil. Cook and
  • stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly; reduce heat. Add
  • cheese sauce, cayenne and pureed vegetables. Stir until cheese is
  • melted. Yield: 8-10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).