With the holiday season upon us, we need quick, hearty meals to keep our families fueled. Indeed, there’s nothing like our Quick Garden Cheese Soup to fill the ticket! After all, it’s loaded with goodness and makes its way quickly from the stovetop to your table.
Garden Goodness To Warm The Soul!
Quick Garden Cheese Soup
- 1 cup celery sliced
- 1 cup onions chopped
- 2 tbsp margarine (or butter)
- 2/3 cup flour
- 4 cups water
- 2 tbsp chicken bouillon or 6 cubes
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 bag frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
- 1 cup potatoes cubed
- 3 cups milk
- 2-1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- First, cook the celery and onions in margarine (or butter) until tender.
- Next, stir in the flour – mix until smooth.
- Gradually add water then bouillon and pepper.
- Then add vegetables and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Finally, add milk and cheese. Cook and stir until cheese melts.
Tips and Tricks for Quick Garden Cheese Soup
In general, I find that prepping ingredients for recipes is what takes up so much time in my kitchen. In the event that you’d like to make this recipe for Quick Garden Cheese Soup (and other recipes) even speedier, I have a suggestion.
Every other month or so, chop up a boatload of onions and freeze them. Furthermore, stow them in quantities you frequently use in soups, stews, casseroles, stir fry, sautés (anything you are cooking). Keep in mind, frozen onions won’t work in fresh dishes like salsa, salads, etc.
Specifically, freeze the chopped onions in an airtight container or freezer bag. For one thing, determine the quantities you frequently use and package that amount: 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 2 cups?
Secondly, I like to pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store and use the meat for one or two meals. Then I put the carcass in a pot of water and bring it to a boil. All in all, I bring it down to a soft boil and let it gently roll for about an hour, give or take a few minutes. After I remove and dispose of the carcass, I’m left with a delicious and healthy bone broth. At this time, I occasionally put some in the refrigerator to use in the next few days. But most of the time, I freeze the broth for future use. No doubt, 4 cups of thawed chicken bone broth would be great in this recipe in place of the water and chicken bouillon!
Also, either chopped ham or chicken would make a delicious addition to our Quick Garden Cheese Soup. About one to one and a half cups, to sum up, should do the trick.
COOL Snowman Crock
As a matter of fact, Bronner’s cool snowman crock with handle and cozy lets you take your meal anywhere you wish. In front of your glowing Christmas tree? At the window where the snow is falling softly outside?
If you’re looking for a great bread to serve with our Quick Garden Cheese soup, try our recipe for Aunt Beatty’s Rolls.
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