This soup is a favorite in our home because it is healthy, frugal, and delicious. You can follow my exact recipe or experiment based on your own preferences and with what you have on hand.
Soups are pretty adaptable and forgiving. They are also an excellent way to use up leftovers.
Without any further ado, I give you my…
Serves: 4 – 6
½ stick butter (1/4 cup)
4 oz cream cheese (I use full fat, but use what ya like)
4 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth works, too) – Click here to read how I make homemade chicken broth.
6 – 8 cups of vegetables (I used a frozen blend from Costco that includes carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, but any fresh or frozen veggies work, including onions and potatoes. This is also an excellent use for leftover mashed potatoes.)
Shredded Cheddar Cheese for topping (optional)
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Add butter and cream cheese to a sauce pan on medium heat. When the butter is melted and the cream cheese soft, add the broth and the vegetables. Cook on medium-high heat for about 30 minutes or until the veggies are soft.
Using my handy immersion blender (like this one), I blend the soup right in the pan. I blend most of the veggies, but I like to leave a few small chunks. You can make this soup as creamy or as chunky as you would like.
If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can do this in a blender. Just remember to use great care when transferring hot soup to the blender!
If the veggies are soft enough, you could mash them with this handy tool.
To make this soup even creamier, you could always add milk, half and half, or cream. (I find that the cream cheese makes it creamy enough for us.) Keep in mind that more liquid results in a thinner soup while more veggies (especially potatoes) result in a thicker soup.
This is a very basic recipe and one that lends itself well to experimentation with various vegetables. You could always add some chicken or bacon for more protein.
This is excellent when paired with a fresh loaf of crusty homemade bread and a fresh green salad.
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