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Hearty Veggie-Cheddar Soup

Sneak in the good stuff with the ultimate kid-pleaser: cheese! Use your family's favourite mix of chunky frozen vegetables for this main-meal soup -- we love a combo of broccoli and cauliflower -- and choose old orange cheddar for best flavour (even cheese wimps will find it just right).

February 21st, 2007

"This was excellent, and I had all the ingredients on hand." Liz M., mom of Ryan, 8, Catherine, 6, Jane, 4, and seven-month-old Laura, Middle Sackville, N.S.
Makes about 6 cups (1.5 L); 4 servings
Prep Time
20 minutes
  • 2 tbsp(25 mL) butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp(45 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups(750 mL) vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 cup(250 mL) 1% milk
  • 4 cups(1 L) frozen mixed chunky vegetables
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 2 cups(500 mL) shredded old orange cheddar cheese (one 227-g pkg)
  1. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes, until softened. Add flour; cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Gradually add stock and milk, stirring constantly. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Boil 1 minute until thickened and smooth.

  2. Stir in vegetables, pepper and cayenne. Return to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer about 5 minutes, stirring often, until vegetables are tender and heated through. Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until melted.

Nutrients Per Serving

Per serving 384 calories, 25.2 g fat, 533 mg calcium, 1,209 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fibre, 19 g protein; excellent source of calcium and vitamin A; good source of riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C

Hearty Veggie-Cheddar Soup