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Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

 Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup
"This creamy soup is great at parties," assures Ann Huseby of Lakeville, Minnesota. "Let guests serve themselves and choose from fun garnishes such as popcorn, croutons, green onions and bacon bits," she recommends.
6-8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer, optional
  • Optional Toppings: croutons, popcorn, crumbled cooked bacon, sliced green onions

Directions

  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover
  • and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  • Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into soup. Cover and cook
  • on high 30 minutes longer or until soup is thickened.
  • Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until blended. Stir in beer
  • if desired. Cover and cook on low until heated through. Serve with
  • desired toppings. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 256 calories, 21 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 797 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.