Friday, March 6, 2015

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Vegetables are the star in this creamy, thick and cheesy soup.

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder- Hun... What's for Dinner?

Every week I try to make one or two meatless meals, to help ease our grocery budget. With prices of meat and poultry on the rise, eating meatless dinners really helps us stay within budget. It's been a bit of a challenge trying to find meals that will appeal to the whole family. What would appeal to me and Hubby, won't necessarily appeal to Queenie and Mr. B. Queenie is the pickier eater, of the two, so you never know what she will or will not like on any given day. It becomes quite tiresome at times.

I figured, since she loves my Broccoli Soup, she would be OK with a veggie chowder. I used very similar ingredients, to make this delicious, creamy and thick soup. Using veggies I always have on hand, I had dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. Served with homemade biscuits, this was a comforting meal, perfect for a cold winter night.

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder- Hun... What's for Dinner?

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

3 Tbs olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
1 C broccoli, cut into small florets
1 1/2 C cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 C frozen peas
4 C chicken stock
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 C 35% cream
1 Tbs corn starch
1 Tbs water
1 C gouda cheese (plus more for serving if desired)

In a soup pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Once oil starts to ripple, add in the onion; cooking until onions become translucent. Add in garlic, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower and cook for 2-3 minutes; until garlic becomes fragrant.

Pour in chicken stock, season with salt and pepper, add in the thyme springs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until cauliflower is tender. Remove the thyme sprigs (by this time the leaves should have fallen off into the soup) and add the cream and peas; cook 2 minutes to heat through.

In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with the water. Remove soup from heat and stir in cornstarch mixture. Return soup pot to the heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens; about 3-5 minutes. Stir in cheese and cook until melted. Serve with additional gouda, if desired.

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Erica S (EricasRecipes.com) said...

oh and there's gouda?! I loved this already, now I must make it. Fabulous recipe Cindy!

minnie@thelady8home said...

That indeed looks cheesy. Looking so heavenly!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day and big thanks for the link up and in sharing your yummy recipe at my Say G'day party! All of your submissions have been pinned! Thank you Cheers! Joanne

April J Harris said...

What a gorgeous, comforting soup, Cindy! Love that it uses Gouda cheese too!

Heaven Smiling said...

This looks really good! My children love cheesy soup. I'm your neighbor on G'Day. Pinning this!

Valerie said...

Looks so good. I wasn't expecting Gouda. Great choice!

Catherine said...

Dear Cindy, This sounds wonderful...so creamy and delightful! xo, Catherine

Nicole Neverman said...

This chowder looks really amazingly delicious!

Jennie said...

This looks so yummy! Thanks for linking up with me!