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Quick Savory Cheese Soup

 Quick Savory Cheese Soup
This delicious soup recipe was shared by a friend and instantly became a hit with my husband. Its big cheese flavor blends wonderfully with the flavor of the vegetables. I first served this creamy soup as part of a holiday meal, but now we enjoy it throughout the year. -Dee Falk, Stromsburg, Nebraska
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Minced chives, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add the
  • flour, salt, garlic powder and pepper; stir until smooth. Gradually
  • add milk; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Add carrot and
  • celery; simmer for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add to
  • milk mixture and stir until blended. Add cheeses. Cook and stir
  • until melted (do not boil). Garnish with chives if desired. Yield: 4
  • servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 402 calories, 28 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 97 mg cholesterol, 1,088 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein.