Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WFMW: Cheesy Vegetable Chicken Chowder

I got this recipe from a friend of mine while living in MD, and finally tried it the other day.  It was delicious and works for me because it's super easy and the ingredients are ones that I usually have on hand.  I will make this again and again, it was just so yummy.  Give it a try and enjoy!

1/2 c chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
celery salt or powder to taste
3/4 c sliced carrots
2 c chopped, peeled potatoes (I didn't peel mine)
5 c chicken broth*
1 17oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1/4 c melted butter
1/4 c flour
2 c warm milk
salt & pepper
1/8 t paprika
1 2oz jar pimento
8oz cheddar cheese
2 c chopped, cooked chicken

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large stock pot.  Simmer covered, until potaotes are tender.  Stir in corn.  

Blend butter and flour in a medium sauce pan.  Stir in warm milk (warm so it won't curdle) gradually.  Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until thickened.  Add salt, pepper, paprika, pimento, cheese and chicken.  Cook until cheese melts, stirring constantly.  Stir into vegetable mixture.

My recipe says to serve with sweet vermouth and top with fresh parsley and cayenne pepper.  I didn't have any of those and it still tasted great.  Definately serve with fresh bread, though!  It's a real winner.

*(I didn't have 5 c of chicken broth on hand, but did have some chicken base "boullion".  It's called Better Than Boullion and it's made from chicken meat with natural juices.  I saw it at Wegmans and decided to give it a try.  So glad I did because I will use it all the time and not have to worry about ever having enough broth around.  This works great and is full of flavor, so much better than salty ol' boullion.  I definately recommend it.)

(I put the large orange next to the jar for size comparisons.  It's an 8oz jar and makes 9.5 qts of broth.)


Gene and Annie said...

Thanks for the recipe... I try and do one soup a week and was looking for a new one! It sounds wonderful! I use that same Chicken base!

Charlie and Andrea said...

I just came over from WFMW and was so excited to see a soup recipe! I love homemade soup, especially using Better than Boullion!!! I have a whole jar of the chicken that I haven't even tried yet and I am axious to use it in your recipe!
I have a recipe on my blog for an excellent minestrone soup using the vegetable based better than boullion if you are interested! It makes the soup, I'm convinced!

Here is the URL:

Charlie and Andrea said...

sorry for all my typos...::sigh::

The Knapp's said...

So, have you ladies tried it yet? I hope you like it as much as I do! I'm not sure if the bouillon base stuff makes it taste better or not, but I do really like that stuff better than pure broth or bouillon cubes. It's cheaper, too!

I love homemade soup and Annie, what a great idea to do a soup a week. I might steal that idea, if you don't mind!

Andrea, I'm heading over to get your recipe...can't wait to try it out! Thanks so much!