Easy Cheesy Veggie Chowder

Wanting to feed your family a hearty meal, but don’t have much time? This Easy Cheesy Veggie Chowder has been my “go-to” for just such meals for years already. It can easily be adapted to use up what you have on hand, or what your family likes. Served with a side of hot gluten free biscuits, you can have a satisfying hot, homemade meal on the table in the same time, or less, than convenience foods. And it costs only a fraction of the cost of convenience foods too!

 

Easy Cheesy Veggie Chowder from The Baking Beauties

 

Easy Cheesy Veggie Chowder
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • 2 cups (500 ml) diced potatoes
  • 2 cups frozen mixed veggies (or 1 cup frozen corn and 1 cup frozen peas)
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) carrots, sliced
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) onions, diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 ml) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (125 ml) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) cornstarch
  • 2 cups (500 ml) milk
  • 1 cup (250 ml) grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring the water to a boil. Add the potatoes, frozen veggies, celery, carrots, onions,salt and pepper and boil for 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are easy to pierce with a fork.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the cornstarch and whisk until you have a paste.
  3. While whisking, slowly add the milk. Bring the milk mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, whisking to prevent any burning. Add the shredded cheese, and continue stirring until the cheese is completely melted.
  4. Add the milk mixture to the vegetables, and stir until incorporated. Season with additional salt and pepper. If you'd like, you can add leftover chicken or turkey before serving.
  5. This soup is great as is, but the flavour improves if you let it simmer over low heat for about half an hour, stirring occasionally.

 

Gluten Free Buttermilk Biscuits

My family loves to eat this soup with our favourite Gluten Free Buttermilk Biscuits.

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7 Responses to Easy Cheesy Veggie Chowder

  1. Sandra ;) March 8, 2008 at 12:04 am #

    I think I’ll try this recipe tomorrow – I’ll call it Blizzard Soup, as the worst of the blizzard is supposed to hit the Toronto area tomorrow :)

    It’s great to find a recipe that looks good, and calls for everyday ingredients that I just happen to have on hand (like those oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, haha).

    Sandra :)

  2. Jeanine March 8, 2008 at 6:48 am #

    Great idea, Sandra! Soup, cookies & maybe some biscuits, and you’ve got the perfect blizzard survival meal! :) Hope the storm doesn’t hit you too hard!

  3. Dawn March 8, 2008 at 9:15 am #

    I agree, that would be perfect on a cold blustery day! That looks yummy Jeanine! :) We should get together and cook together!!!!

  4. Sandra ;) March 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    The chowder was a HUGE hit. We had fresh buns, havarti cheese, sliced meats (ham, roast beef and summer sausage), plus the chowder and – of course – oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, lol. I think it would be great with biscuits (I love making them) – I’m sending some of the leftover chowder with my son for his lunch @ work on Monday, so I’ll make some biscuits to go with it. He’ll LOVE it.

    We’re getting quite a bit of snow and it’s pretty windy, but it certainly isn’t the storm of the century (so far?). I know Manitoba knows what REAL weather is like – not this wimpy Ontario weather we get here, LOL.

    When you two get together to cook I hope you’ll post some pictures!!

    Sandr a:)

  5. Susan March 12, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    Good soup–warm and filling. Forgot to add the potatoes-oops-just cook separately and add to soup.

  6. Kindra March 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    My family loved this soup! My 4 year old gobbled it up!

  7. JL September 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    This recipe sounds delicious! Approx. how much milk do you add? I’m one of those follow the recipe to the T kind of girls!!! Can’t wait to try this :)

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