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Savory Cheese Soup

 Savory Cheese Soup
This comforting soup from Ann Huseby of Lakeville, Minnesota is a welcome treat on wintry days. It's so satisfying, you might wish there were leftovers!
2 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 5-3/4 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup beer or additional chicken broth
  • Croutons, crumbled cooked bacon and sliced green onions, optional

Directions

  • In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker, combine the first seven ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into soup. Cover and cook
  • on high for 30 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and beer. Cover and cook on
  • low for 15 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Top with croutons,
  • bacon and green onions if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: One serving: 1-1/2 cups (prepared with reduced-sodium chicken broth, reduced-fat butter, reduced-fat cream cheese and light beer) equals 259 calories, 13 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 1,118 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 19 g protein.