Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Cheesy Soup Goodness

Every year in December our hometown puts on quite a party. They call it Christmas in the Commons. We have an area called the Commons where the Village Hall, the Library, the Police Station and the Rec Center are all located. Each year they throw a giant Christmas party in the Commons. Santa and Mrs. Claus even come to see all the kids! Many of the musical groups from various schools come to play or sing, there are actual reindeer who come to be loved on. A local bakery provides cookies and hot cocoa and one of the banks provides popcorn. There are even horse-drawn carriage rides. This year we even have a 36 foot lit Santa – the largest in the US.

All of this to say – we went to this fun party and somehow our mayor worked it out with God, that for this great party, we got 7-8 inches of snow! Thankfully it wasn’t too cold, but it sure was pretty – and snowy.

We came home from being outside at the event and got all cozy, warm and dry. What better to warm your insides than comforting Cheesy Broccoli Soup? My friend Marcia brought us a container of this soup when we brought Nicholas home from the hospital. It should just be called “Comfort Soup” because that’s what it does. So very good. It’s also pretty easy to make and quick. Both my kid gobbled it up and Andy ate two bowls before venturing out into the cold to battle the snow with the snow thrower.

This is certainly a recipe to give a try – it also freezes well so you can make some for now and save some for later.

Cheesy Broccoli Soup
1 potato, peeled and shredded
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 cups broccoli, washed and cut up
1 t. salt
4 t. granular chicken bouillon or 4 bouillon cubes
3 c. water
½ c. flour
½ c. margarine
½ t. salt
4 c. milk
4 oz. sliced Velveeta, American, or cheddar cheese

Place shredded potato, carrots, onion, broccoli, salt, chicken bouillon, and water in large kettle. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Make white sauce in another pan by melting the margarine, then stirring flour into melted margarine. Add salt and milk. Slowly add white sauce to broccoli mixture. Heat thoroughly. Do not boil. Add sliced cheese and stir until melted. Serve immediately. Good reheated.

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