Soup For A Snowy Evening: Veggie Cheese Chowder

Finally, 15 days into the new year we got some snow. OK, not a lot. Just a bit 😉 It had snowed most of the day but wasn’t cold enough to stick, right before sunset it finally got down to freezing and I ran outside to snap a photo –

The thought of a warm bowl of chowder for dinner sounded great!

Veggie Cheese Chowder


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced (about 2 carrots)
  • 1 cup celery, diced (about 2-3 stalks)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced (jarred)
  • 4 cups lower sodium vegetable broth (or chicken for non-veg’s)
  • 2 large russet baking potatoes. peeled and chopped small
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 2/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 3 to 4 cups broccoli florets (thawed if using frozen)
  • 8 ounces or 2 cups shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Heat a tall saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and let melt. Add in the onion, carrots and celery and sauté till tender. Add the garlic, cook for a minute.

Add in the broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, turn to medium-high and let simmer until the potatoes are fork tender.

Whisk the flour and water till smooth, add to the pot and stir in. Let thicken a bit, then add in the milk and broccoli, turn to medium and let simmer until the broccoli is heated through.

Add the cheese, stir in and turn to medium-low, stirring until smooth. Use an immersion blender to process a bit (I left the soup half chunky style) or use a potato masher to break up the veggies a bit.

Season to taste and serve.

Serves 4 to 6.




  1. So jealous! We still haven’t seen a flurry…then again it did snow on Halloween weekend, but that was it.
    Another comfort soup to add to my ever growing list of must try!

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