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slow-cooker-corn-bisque

Slow Cooker Corn Bisque

Ingredients

1 32 ounce carton reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 16 ounce packages frozen whole kernel corn
1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup sliced sweet onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
Hot water (optional)
Assorted Toppers, such as chopped avocado, red sweet pepper, or tomatoes; sliced green onions or jalapeno chile peppers; flaked lump crabmeat; cooked shrimp; crumbled, crisp-cooked bacon; toasted corn kernels; shredded cheese; julienned radishes; snipped fresh chives or cilantro; and/or Frizzled Leeks* (optional)

Directions
In a 6-quart slow cooker combine the first four ingredients (through onion); sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the thyme. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Cool slightly.

Stir in the next four ingredients (through sugar) and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Transfer mixture, one-third at a time, to a blender; cover and puree until smooth. Return to cooker. If needed, stir in enough hot water to reach desired consistency.

Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on warm or low up to 2 hours. If desired, serve with assorted toppers.

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beef-and-veggie-soup

Beef and Veggie Soup

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained, optional
1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips, optional

Directions
In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.

Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomato sauce, beans if desired, vegetables and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until thick and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Serve with cheese, sour cream and chips if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).

Freeze Beefy Vegetable Soup in serving-size containers for quick, no fuss lunches.

Recipe found here: Beef and Veggie Soup

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slow-cooked-savory-cheese-soup

Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

Ingredients
3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cold water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed and softened
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (12 ounces) beer, optional
Optional Toppings: croutons, popcorn, crumbled cooked bacon, sliced green onions

Directions
In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into soup. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes longer or until soup is thickened.

Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until blended. Stir in beer if desired. Cover and cook on low until heated through. Serve with desired toppings. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

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chicken-and-andouille-gumbo

Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Ingredients
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
3/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups water
2 cups chicken stock
1-1/2 pounds fully cooked andouille sausage links, sliced
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
Hot cooked rice
3 green onions, chopped

Directions
In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; rub over chicken. In a Dutch oven, brown chicken in 2 tablespoons oil in batches; remove chicken from pan.

Add remaining oil to the same pan; stir in flour until blended. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until browned (do not burn). Add onion, peppers and celery; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Gradually add water and stock. Stir in the sausage, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, chicken and the remaining Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until chicken is very tender.

Remove chicken from pan; cool slightly. Skim fat from gumbo and discard bay leaves. Shred chicken and return to gumbo; heat through. Discard bones. Serve gumbo over rice; top with green onions.

Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled gumbo freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary. Yield: 9 servings (3-1/4 quarts).

Recipe found here: Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

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cheesy-ham-chowder

Cheesy Ham Chowder

Ingredients
10 bacon strips, diced
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup diced carrots
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1-1/2 cups water
2-1/2 cups cubed potatoes
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
Pepper to taste
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

Directions
In a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In the drippings, saute onion and carrots until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add milk and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Add the potatoes, corn, bouillon and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add cheese and ham; heat until cheese is melted. Stir in bacon. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheesy Ham Chowder

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tortilla-chicken-bean-soup

Tortilla Chicken Bean Soup

Ingredients
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed chicken with rice soup, undiluted
1-1/3 cups water
1 cup salsa
1 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen diced cooked chicken, thawed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients. Cook over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes or until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe found here: Tortilla Chicken Bean Soup

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Best Seafood Chowder

Best Seafood Chowder

Ingredients
1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
2 medium onions, chopped
6 cups cubed peeled potatoes
4 cups water
1 pound bay or sea scallops, quartered
1 pound lobster meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 pound cod, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound haddock, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
2 quarts milk
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk

Directions
In a large soup kettle or Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels; reserve drippings. Saute onions in drippings until tender. Add potatoes and water; bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes.

Add the scallops, lobster, shrimp, cod and haddock. Cook for 10 minutes or until scallops are opaque, shrimp turn pink and fish flakes easily with a fork. Add the butter, salt, parsley and curry powder. Stir in milk and evaporated milk; heat through. Garnish with bacon. Yield: 32 servings (8 quarts).

Recipe found here: Best Seafood Chowder

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