Saturday, January 24, 2009

Frugal Recipe: Veggie & Cheese Chowder

Here is a great chowder that my grandmother passed down that is flavorful and inexpensive to make. This makes a great winter time meal for the family that will warm you up. My 8 year old daughter loves this chowder. This is a great recipe also that can be froze and used when you need it.

2 cups of water or chicken broth
1 12 or 16 oz. bag of frozen sweet peas

4 peeled and diced potatoes

6 peeled and diced carrots
1/2 cup of chopped red bell pepper

2 chopped celery stalks
1 diced onion
15 ounce can cream style corn
Salt & Pepper to taste
6 tbsp. butter or margarine
1/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

12 ounces grated Cheddar cheese
1. In a stock pot or dutch oven, saute your onions and red bell pepper in 2 tbsp. of butter or margarine until they are tender.
2. Once tender, add your remaining veggies & chicken broth or water. Add salt & pepper to your desired amount. Bring to a boil & then reduce heat and cover pan or pot. Simmer for around 20 minutes or until veggies are to your desired tenderness.
3. While that is simmering, get another pan and add the rest of the butter. Then add flour to the pot and combine and let it cook for about a minute. Then start adding your milk slowly as you stir it in till the mixture is smooth and thick. Then add your cheese to the mixture and let it melt.
4. After veggies are done simmering add the flour mixture to the veggies and cook around 2 minutes while stirring.
5. Serve with homemade bread sticks or biscuits.

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