Thursday, January 29, 2009

Potato and Broccoli Chowder

Potato and Broccoli Chowder

6 medium potatoes, washed and cut into cubes with skins on
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 12-oz. bag frozen broccoli
1/3 c. flour
1 c. milk
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. sour cream
4 green onions, chopped

In large pot, put potato cubes and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to cook for 15 minutes. Drain. Mash about 1 c. of the potatoes and put back in the pot with whole cooked potato cubes.

Add chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add frozen broccoli and return to a boil again. Cook uncovered for about 5 minutes. Turn down to medium heat.

Wisk flour into milk in a small bowl. Add gradually to potatoes, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until soup thickens and bubbles. Add cheese and stir until melted. Then add sour cream and green onions. Cook until heated through.

You can make this as healthy as you want by substituting reduced sodium broth, skim milk, 2% reduced fat cheese, and/or low fat or fat free sour cream. The original recipe called for 2 c. cheese, so you could 'unhealthify' the recipe by adding that back in if you want. :)

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