Cheddar Vegetable Chowder

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love soups and stews. Especially when they have a potato base. Potatoes add a creaminess and richness to every single soup that you put them in. This soup is comprised of four classic vegetables, potatoes, carrots, celery, and yellow onion. Every vegetarian has or should have these staple veggies in their refrigerator, so why not combine them to create awesomeness? This episode of Delicious Food 101 features The Chef, Queenbee, and La Critico. First we will hear from Queenbee.

The Chef: “Queenbee, what did you think about this delectable delight?” Queenbee: “It was a nice, soothing blend of vegetables and flavors. Cheddar Vegetable chowder was pleasing to the palate and satisfying overall.” The Chef: “Glad to be of service!” 

Now we will prepare ourselves for the critic’s rating:

The Chef: “La Critico, please elaborate on your opinions of these dish.” La Critico: “That was a real good soup, I liked it.” The Chef: “What? No sarcastic commentary?” La Critico: “I like soups with potatoes in them, adds a real nice texture, not watery like the other one you made.” The Chef: “Let us not speak of that travesty.” 

The Ingredients: 6 red potatoes, 5 carrots, 3 stalks celery, 1/2 yellow onion, 15 oz. red beans, 4 cups vegetable broth, 2 cups chicken broth, 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 1 tbsp. sour cream, 2 tbsp. butter, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. thyme, 1 tsp. basil, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp. garlic, 1/2 tsp. no salt seasoning, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp. salt.

Dice potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion. Saute potatoes in the bottom of your soup pot with butter and olive oil for ten minutes. Add the remaining veggies and saute for another five minutes. Add the broths and spices, put the lid on the pot and simmer for twenty minutes. Puree the soup in the bowl of your food processor (you’ll probably have to do it in three batches). Return to the pot and add the cheese, red beans, and sour cream. Stir until the cheese melts. Turn off the heat and let it sit until you are ready to serve it.

Ah, just looking at it makes me hungry….

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