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Cheesy Vegetable Chowder – Skinny Makeover!

Skinny Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Continuing with the theme of this week, soups, I have a delicious Cheesy Vegetable Chowder Soup for you.  This soup reminds me of cream of broccoli soup, which I love, but hate all the fat and calories.  This soup seems creamy and rich, and is filled with delicious flavors.  The base of this soup (carrots, celery, onion, and garlic), is the same base that starts off this Tomato Basil Soup and this Fire-Roasted and Red Pepper Soup. I highly suggest making these (or 2 of these, which I did) at one time because your prep time will be cut in half.  Throw all the base ingredients into the Food Processorfood processor, and then divide for each soup.  These soups make large portions, and you can put half in the freezer for other meals, and then use the other halves for weeknight dinners!  BAM, two+ dinners out of the way in no time!

I have also turned this soup into a healthy version, so you don’t have to feel one bit guilty when eating it.  Using skim milk, reduced fat cheese, and broth as the base, reduce both calories and fat in this otherwise heavy soup. If you aren’t counting calories then you can use the fuller fat ingredients, but really, I don’t think there is any difference in taste.  I toasted up some cheesy bread for dipping, too, because it is not possible for me to eat ‘chowder’ without bread or crackers!

Skinny Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Skinny Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Skinny Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Skinny Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder - Skinny Makeover!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 TBS butter
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 3 carrots, chopped
  4. 3 celery ribs, finely chopped
  5. 1 TBS garlic, minced
  6. 4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken)
  7. 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped (I used yukon)
  8. 1 TBS flour
  9. 1/2 cup water
  10. 2/3 cup skim milk
  11. 2 cups chopped broccoli (I probably used more like 3, so whatever you like!)
  12. 1 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese (I used extra sharp)
Instructions
  1. 1. Melt the butter in a large soup pot. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute over medium heat until tender.
  2. 2. Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 additional minutes.
  3. 3. Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender.
  4. 4. Mix flour with water, add, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened.
  5. 5. Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through. Stir in cheese, allow to melt, and serve.
Notes
  1. I used my food processor to grate all my veggies. I always do this with soups since it's quick and easy.
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Skinny Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

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Comments

  1. This soup looks too delicious and easy , I will be trying this soup this week Allyson! Love the cheese! :-) (printing recipe now)

  2. Looks delicious! Can I make this in a slow cooker?

    • I don’t see why not, heather! I would probably add everything except the broccoli/milk/cheese/flour and cook for however long you need it to slow cook, then add the rest in the last hour? Let me know how it turns out and how you make it, then I can add slow cooker directions to the recipe for other people, too! Thanks, Heather!

  3. pamasaurus says:

    This looks ah-mazing. Perfect for meatless Monday ;)

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  5. Diana Rambles says:

    Looks so good!!!

  6. This is a wonderful dish for me :)
    I’m v vegetarian and I love broccoli
    Thanks for sharing!

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