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Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Quick Savory Cheese Soup

Quick Savory Cheese Soup

1/4 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups 2% milk
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Minced chives, optional

In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add the flour, salt, garlic powder and pepper; stir until smooth. Gradually add milk; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Add carrot and celery; simmer for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add to milk mixture and stir until blended. Add cheeses. Cook and stir until melted (do not boil). Garnish with chives if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Quick Savory Cheese Soup

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Tasty Taco Soup

Tasty Taco Soup

1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) whole kernel corn, undrained
2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
Tortilla chips and shredded cheddar cheese

In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning, corn, beans and tomatoes. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Place tortilla chips in soup bowls; ladle soup over top. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Tasty Taco Soup

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