Monday, September 19, 2011

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder


This recipe has a long history with my little family.  I got the original version from my sister-in-law when my husband and I were newlyweds.  We had just moved into our condo with the bright red kitchen.  I have such fond memories of that kitchen!  Anyway, the only veggies in the recipe back in those days were potatoes, and it called for turkey bacon.  I remember thinking "heck no!" to turkey bacon and using regular bacon instead.  It made the soup soooooo salty; it's a wonder I kept making it after that, although I never again used bacon of any kind!  And it originally only served 2, which was fine at the time but not really enough for a growing family.  Fast forward seven years and it has morphed into a cheesy, comforting vegetable chowder packed with veggies that are good for you, and give the soup some much-needed color!  It is one of our family favorites--even the kids love it--and now that the weather has cooled off a little, will resume its weekly appearance on our dinner menu.


Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1 celery stick, finely chopped (feel free to add more celery if you like celery; I don't, so I don't add much)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth (I usually use a mixture of low-sodium chicken broth and broth made with chicken soup base because it gives it such nice flavor)
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup milk
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 heaping cups shredded cheddar cheese

Melt the butter in a large soup pot.  Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute over medium heat until tender.  Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 additional minutes.  Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender.  Mix flour with water, add, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened.  Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through.  Stir in cheese, allow to melt, and serve.

*If you're looking for crockpot directions, several commenters have left their instructions in the comments section below!


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448 comments:

  1. Sounds really good :) And perfect for this time of year...

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  2. I made this tonight. I used zucchini instead of celery, because I had one that needed to be used. My kids hate zucchini, but they LOVED this chowder! We all did! The kids asked for seconds, which happens very rarely around here. Definitely adding this to my regular routine. Thank you!

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    1. Thats a great idea! I'm going to try it.

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  3. Can you estimate how long this takes to cook, total? I'd love to make it, but our evening schedules are tight and I have to plan ahead to make sure everything finishes in time for everyone to eat before we rush off again!

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    1. took me over an hour!!! I might be a slow cook, but it did take a while. worth the wait though!!

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    2. I used frozen veggies and made sure they were thawed half through. Total just took me 40 minutes :)

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    3. I chopped up all the veggies during nap time (a luxury I know not everyone has) so it saved a lot of time.

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    4. About 45 minutes total, just make sure you chop everything finely so it cooks faster

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    5. I used a slow cooker..after I sauteed the onions, carrots, and celery I added it to the crock pot with everything else except the flour, water, milk and cheese and cooked it on low for 6 to 8 hours then when I was ready I just took 15 minutes out of my time to do the steps with the flour, water, milk and cheese...it turned out great

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    6. Thanks for the update Carleen! I know people have had mixed results with their slow-cookers, so I'm glad to hear it worked out for you!

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  4. Hi Charlotte. I would say this takes about 30 minutes to cook, but that's if you have all of the veggies chopped before you start. I think 45 minutes start to finish should cover you easily!

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  5. i found this pinned on pinterest and made it for dinner tonight for my husband and i. it was amazing! i mistakenly picked up smoked cheddar cheese, but it was still really good. thank you so much for sharing!

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  6. Found this on pinterest and loved it! I added Red Pepper Flakes to mine to make it a little spicy.

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  8. Would this feed a family of 5 with some hungry teenage boys in the mix? Wondering if I should double it. Have you ever made this in a crock pot?

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  9. Have you tried freezing this? I am having a baby and trying to prepare some foods ahead of time.

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  10. Sounds delicious! How many people does this serve? Also, do you think this would be freezable?

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  11. we just made this - it's fantastic! we added a tablespoon of dijon mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper - delicious!

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  12. Hi Tammy! I've never tried making it in a crockpot, but let me know if you try it and it turns out! For a family of 5 with teenage boys I would probably double it. And it is delicious left over, so if it ends up being a little too much, it will still be OK!

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  13. K and MisssNoelle--I've never tried freezing it, but here are my thoughts: I would certainly give it a try. I don't think the flavor would be negatively affected by freezing. The texture might be a little different after a freeze, but if that's the case I'd just pop it in the blender!

    And I'd say this serves 4 grown-ups.

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  14. Saw this on Pinterest and it looks DELICIOUS!!! I'm definitely making it this weekend, with maybe some shrimp or crab meat thrown in.

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  15. Sounds delicious! I'm making this right now!

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  16. I just hopped over from Pinterest as well. I'm making this tomorrow and putting it in bread bowls from another site :) Yum!

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  17. Just made this and everyone loved it! Thanks!

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  18. Making this right now. I am using potatoes peas carrots and cauliflower. I can't wait to try it!

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  19. I just made this for dinner tonight, it was a huge hit!!! I just LOVE it!! And surprisingly my son ate it!! Thx for sharing this

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  20. It's on the stove...can't wait to try it! I've got some nice crusty bread to go along with it too. Thanks for the recipe.

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  21. btw...I found this on pinterest too! :-)

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  22. Just made this for dinner and I LOVE it

    Ann Kelly
    recipeswelove1.blogspot.com

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  23. made it tonight as well- and added in asparagus and some white cheddar. good stuff, thanks!

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  24. I also found you on pinterest - Can't wait to try it! I wonder if it would be good to add chicken?

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  25. I just made this and it was delicious! I followed your directions exactly and it came out perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  26. I just made this for dinner tonight and it came out perfect. I followed you recipe exactly. Everyone liked it! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  27. Just found you on pinterest, too. I'll be making this this week and can't wait!

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  28. I just found you from pinterest, too. This sounds so tasty and easy. I can't wait to make this tomorrow night!

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  29. Just made this because I found it on Pinterest and it sounded DELISH! It's a great versatile recipe, I omitted the milk and cut back on butter, everyone went back for seconds (and thirds!) I also added mushrooms and more celery. Fantastic recipe that i could add or take away from, this will be added to a weekly rotation, and I always have the ingredients on hand. Thanks for a great dish!

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  30. Trying it the crockpot, will let you know how it goes after dinner

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  31. giving the crockpot version a go this morning will let you know how it turns out at dinner ;)

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  32. Found the recipe on Pinterest. Followed it to the letter (except I doubled it for my family of 6). Served it with crusty bread. Everyone had more than one helping! With the leftovers, I used my hand blender and pureed it and will give it to kiddos in a mug for a warm nutritional snack. Thanks! Another warm meal to add to my winter rotation!

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  33. Just made this tonight - its awesome and my husband flipped out! Only thing is it wasn't as thick as I wanted, it was almost runny despite the flour/water, do you have any suggestions of how to thicken it up a bit?

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    1. We made this tonight, I used a potato masher to roughly mash everything before adding the flour/water/cheese/milk part and found that thickened it quite well too.

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  34. Courtney--I can think of a few things to try that might help the soup be thicker.
    1) Use really starchy potatoes. I usually use waxier potatoes because that's what we have a garden full of, but the starchier varieties should break down more during cooking and just naturally make the soup thicker, especially if you cook them longer.
    2) Use less chicken broth and/or less milk. I would maybe cut down both amounts a little at first, then add more of each toward the end of the cooking time if the soup can handle it.
    3) Make sure you use really good cheese. We always use Tillamook, and I've sort of forgotten that not all cheese is created equal! A good cheddar that actually melts into the soup should help thicken it.

    Good luck!

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  35. Can you use frozen veggies for this, like frozen broccoli?

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  36. we made this last week and wrote about on our blog. We ALL loved it... even the hubby that does not do veggies http://recipeswelove1.blogspot.com/2011/11/cheesy-vegetable-chowder.html

    Ann Kelly
    recipeswelove1.blogspot.com

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  37. Caitlyn--Absolutely, you can use frozen broccoli. The first time I made this with broccoli, it was leftover cooked broccoli. And I actually prefer it that way. I don't even think you need to thaw it before adding it. Just make sure it cooks all the way through!

    Ann Kelly--Wow! Thanks for featuring my recipe. I hope it is a continued success for you!

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  38. I just made this and it was FANTASTIC. Thank you for sharing, I will definitely make it again!

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  39. i made this for dinner tonight! it was really great! thanks for sharing it! susan

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  40. I adapted this slightly to what I had. I made a volute first, added the garlic, potatoes and carrots, let that cook for 10 mins on medium and added a pre packaged bag of stir fry veges. Allow that too cook another 10 mins and throw in the cheese and milk. It worked beautifully! Thank you so much for the idea!

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  41. I made this and it was amazing... Only I used an immersion blender to purée the soup. I prefer a smooth texture to the chunky original recipe. I also could use a little less cheese, and I looooove cheese, but I felt like it didn't need quite as much when I puréed it as it was nice and think already so the cheese could be more of a garnish. Anyway, thanks for the recipe.

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  42. G--it makes about 4 servings. It feeds my little family for one meal and gives one person leftovers for lunch the next day. If you're feeding more than 4, I'd definitely double it.

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  43. This sounds delish! My family has "Sunday Soup Suppers" - this will be perfect for later this winter.

    PS: Congrats on the Today Show pinning you. That's how I found this recipe!

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  44. I'm planning on making a double batch on Saturday for a holiday party. I'm making it vegetarian (veggie broth) and am thinking of adding leeks and white wine. Thoughts on this anyone??

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  45. Tracy--I had no idea!! Woohoo!

    Kat--I think leeks would be awesome, and I don't see how a little white wine in anything could go wrong!

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  46. Kat, I also made it with veggie broth and it was delicious. And i can't imagine wine hurting anything!

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  47. Kat, I made it with veggie broth and it was great!

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  48. Found this on pinterest as well. Had it for lunch and it was delicious! I think next time I will sub cauliflower for the potatoes and add more broccoli. Thanks for sharing!!

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  49. I plan to make this tonight and enjoy as my warm, yummy lunch for the week. Thanks for the time estimate. :)

    Vicki (vmleoni@sbcglobal.net)

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  50. Hi Lulu,

    I am excited about trying out this recipe, but I was wondering if there are any meats that I could add to it? My husband is an active guy with a fast metabolism and he needs as much protein as possible. I appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

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  51. I don't remember where I found your recipe, but I did a double take when I saw it on Pinterest. Was just the kick I needed to give it a try - and also I had a bunch of cheese I needed to use up. This is truly delicious. I think the secret must be in the thickening; I've never tried this with soup, but I think it will solve the problem of those watery soups I'm prone to make!

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  52. Simone--I haven't ever tried meat in it, but I would think shredded chicken would be good, and maybe smoked sausage or kielbasa thinly sliced. If you try it, let us all know how it turns out!!

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  53. I made this last night (subbed vegetable broth) but kept the rest the same, it was amazing! My roommate and I ate almost all of it! Thanks for the awesome recipe. It will go into our book of favorite Sunday Soup Recipes! Delicious!

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  54. Thank you so much for posting this! I'm not a good cook at all but I tried this out and and I follow your directions exactly. And BAM, I cooked something! Thank you! Thank you! It was yummy!

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  55. saw this on pinterest-how fun for you to be highlighted there! congrats!
    giving this a try tonight-looking forward to a yummy dinner!
    thanks for sharing :)

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  56. I found this recipe on Pinterest last night and just made it for dinner tonight. It was so simple (for me, a non-cook) and delicious! Thank you for sharing it! :)

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  57. I made this for Sunday brunch :) It was soooooo good!!

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  58. I made this for dinner and it was so good. Will be doubling the recipe next time so we can have leftovers!

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  59. Made it for the 2nd time last night. I added a farmer sausage to it, so yummy. This is deffinitly my new favorite soup.

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  60. I made this tonight and it was wonderful! Made a double batch and used a little whipping cream instead of milk because of its lower lactose content. Also skipped on the flour/water because my potatoes broke down and thickened it quite a bit. As everyone else has said, this will now be one of my to-to winter soups! Thank you!

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  61. I made this a few days ago and loved it. My son (age 4) gobbled it up and asked for more! I'm looking forward to the last of the leftover today for lunch. Thanks for posting this recipe!

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  62. Can't wait to make this!!! We love soup & grilled cheese night and i think this week calls for veggie chowder!! Thank you!!

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  63. just made this in the crockpot- i forgot to reduce the amount of liquid since it won't cook down like it does on the stove; so mine was more brothy and less creamy :( So if you want to use your crockpot i'd cut way down on liquid for cooking the potatoes, :)

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  64. I have frozen this soup, and it was great the 2nd time around. Thanks for sharing, this recipe is a keeper in our house!

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  65. I just found this on pinterest and can't wait to try it (too bad I don't have all the ingredients in the house right now, cuz it made me hungry)! Read all the comments (everyone loved it!) but couldn't find an outcome to the crock pot question. Did anyone let you know how it turned out? Did they post an adapted crockpot version?

    www.kitschy-vintage.blogspot.com

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  66. Auntie--Someone somewhere said that because it doesn't reduce at all, they would use less liquid in the first place when doing it in the crockpot. Sounds like a good plan, and you can always add more liquid at the end if it is too thick! Best of luck!!

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  67. I found you thru Pinterest, and it's 11:48pm here, and I'm just about ready to make this right now!
    Guess I should wait until morning... lol. =D

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  68. I found this through pinterest too. I made it for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. This will be a staple at our house. :)

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  69. I just tasted this to see if I needed to add any seasoning. It is perfect. Thanks for a great recipe!I also found you through Pinterest.

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  70. I found this on pinterest a while back and just made this tonight, it is so good! It is going in my recipe box tonight!

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  71. I don't see anything on how it turned out in the crockpot, if anyone has done it could you please post any changes you made and how long you cooked it please, it sounds awesome

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  72. I love this recipe found it on Pinterest also. I am making it today and have added smoked sausage also a few more veggies love the versatility of this recipe.

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  73. First, I love Pinterest because it leads me to yummy things like this. Second, I love my crockpot and am all for cooking anything and everything I can in it! So, how long did the crockpotters cook this? I saw the comment about it not reducing, so I will account for that. I was thinking like 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 on low? That is standard crockpot time...I think.

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  74. any idea on the nutritional information?

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  75. Delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I made it last night with artisan boule bread bowls! Perfect!

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  76. thank you for posting this! i love it! so yummy!

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  77. found your recipe on PINTEREST as well. Daughter & I cooked it last night. Doubled the batch. We enjoyed it immensely.

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  78. Making this tonight- sounds delish with some crusty french bread :) Thanks for the recipe!

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  79. the cheese didn't melt into the soup, it just became a big melted glob in the bottom of the pot...any ideas what I did wrong?

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  80. Nik--In all my years of making this, that has only happened to me once, and I have no idea why! My only two thoughts are to use cheese you shredded yourself--as opposed to the preshredded kind--and to stir it as soon as you add the cheese so that it doesn't congregate on the bottom. Best of luck!

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  81. i made this for lunch SO FREAKING yummy! i used the per-shredded cheese with no clumping issues.. just fyi.

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  82. Thank you! This soup is heavenly. I added cayenne pepper and Oscar Meyer real bacon bits. very yummy.

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  83. What we ended up doing is you put the cheese yourself in your own bowl, so that you can control how much or less cheese you want. It was YUMMY! Perfect for a cold wintery day...

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  84. So good. I made it tonight. Only thing I wish I had was nutritional info. Mm, so yummy.

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  85. I'm making this for a second time tonight, the first time my husband loved it so much he actually bragged about it on his FB! Tomorrow morning he leaves for a 2 week training so I decided to make this again for his "last meal" before he is stuck in the field eating MRE's for 2 weeks!
    Thank you for this amazing addition to my recipe book :)

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  86. Had this at a scrapbooking crop and was more interested in eating than working on my scrapbook. Seconds were in order. Just got done making it for dinner tonight along with homemade bread hot out of the bread machine !!! YUMMO

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  87. Just made it. Love it. So flavorful and colorful. Thanks for the recipe!

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  88. Found this on Pinterest and decided to make it tonight. It didn't matter that it didn't thicken as much as I would have liked. It was delicious! Don't even have any leftover for lunch tomorrow! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you!

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  89. Just made this tonight! Delicious! Thank You for a great recipe.
    I did add some salt and pepper and some chicken to it...YUM!

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  90. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made this tonight for dinner. Your instructions were easy to follow and of course the soup was delicious. I also pinned your Peach Buttermilk Cake. I'm excited to try that during peach season.

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  91. I have made this a few times now and plans to a Thousand more:) This recipe is makes veggies so delicious and gets everyone in my family to eat their veggies! Thank you for sharing! Jenn

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  92. I made this tonight and it was amazing!! I put it all in the crockpot and cooked it on low for about 7 hours. I cant wait to make this again!

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  93. I found your soup on Pinterest and gave it a try! The whole family enjoyed it. I added some salt, pepper and extra cheese for our personal taste. It was a hit. I would like to put a link to your site in a post on my blog saying I made the soup from your recipe and it was great if that is ok.

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  94. Thanks for the delicious recipe. I found it on Pinterest, and like it so much, I posted it on to my blog. My five year old told me, after eating the chowder, that he liked it more than macaroni and cheese - which is no easy feat!

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  95. For those of you who made this in the crockpot, did you sauté the veggies and do everything he recipe says (except cook it in the crockpot instead of the stove)? Details would be appreciated for a crockpot newbie such as myself:)

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  96. I just made this with turkey sausage and added a little salt and pepper...Yum! Even my kids enjoyed it!

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  97. I am making this right now! I work full time and it is taking a little longer than I anticipated to make. Next time I will chop all veggies the night before to accommendate for the time. aven't tasted it yet but it sure smells good.

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    1. If you're crunched for time, you can try using frozen, chopped broccoli and pre-shredded carrots. Those are two easy shortcuts that might help it go faster!

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  98. Over Pinterest I found this recipe and saved it on my board. Today I made this recipe and it was just soooooo good! The family loved it! I also used just one stalk of celery as you did as I am not a celery fan and it was excellent just like that. The only thing I did differently was that I substituted chicken broth with vegetable broth, as I am vegetarian. It still tasted fabulous! It took a while cutting the all veggies but that was no problem as I always make everything fresh and am used to that. Thank you for this delicious recipe and I am keeping it now as a family favorite for future reference.

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  99. This would go great as a side with my meatloaf, My daughter and I would have this as a meal but My husband wouldn't be satisfied so I would make a small meatloaf.

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  100. Looks really good! I think you could add bacon or chopped ham for some meat! My husband thinks there always needs to be meat in a meal!

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  101. Looks good but why do people insist on ruining what could be a perfectly good vegetarian recipe with chicken stock?!?

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    1. Several commenters have mentioned that they used vegetable stock in place of the chicken stock and had good results!

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  102. Made this tonight! I added double the celery, cauliflower and broccoli. Also half a package of cubed ham. We all loved it!

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  103. Can you hear my stomach growling? Great time to read blogs like this is just before lunch. Yum! I'll be making this very soon.

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  104. I made this soup for lunch...completely forgot to add the cheese and it was still DELICIOUS! I snuck a bowl for myself and am giving the rest to a couple who just got home from the hospital with the first baby :) Will make this again for the family...a lot!

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  105. Made this tonight after seeing it on Pinterest multiple times. SO GOOD. I used Olive Oil instead of butter, frozen vegetables (everything from the onions to the broccoli-only the garlic and potatoes were not frozen) and fat free chicken broth. Then I used a mix of white and orange cheddar and I didn't really thicken it or add milk. My husband and I loved it. We ate it with crusty bread. The broth was broth, not goo, and I like that! Still with the cheesy taste. Well done.

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  106. Have a ton of cut up veggies leftover from Super Bowl Sunday. Can't wait to try this out tomorrow!!!

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  107. We made this last night and it was SOOO yummy! Definitely a keeper!

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  108. Made this today for lunch!! Yum yum!!! Thank you and thanks pinterest! I added cauliflower because we had some left over in the kitchen, and I pureed it in the blender..my husband probably wouldn't eaten it if he saw all the veggies ;) Delicious!!

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  109. I just made this in the crockpot but I reserved the cheese and milk for the end. I've often read you need to reserve it, but wonder if that info's correct. Do any of you cook all the way through with the milk?
    This recipe was great, btw :-) We'll be having it a lot around here.

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  110. I just made this awesome recipe! I subbed the chicken broth for vegetable stock. Didn't add onions or celery, but added an extra potato and a tiny bit more cheese. Absolutely perfect. Still flavorful. No salt or pepper needed.

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  111. Absolutely Amazing!!!!! I made this for dinner last night and my husband and young daughters loved every bite of it! Next time I will definitely double the recipe, so there is more for a second bowl/leftovers. This soup reminds me of soup you would get from Panera Bread.....it was exceptional! This one is definitely a keeper!!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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    1. I'm so glad your family liked it as much as mine does!

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  112. This recipe is just so delicious! I have made this twice already and because I am vegetarian, I simply substituted vegetable broth for the chicken broth and it still has such wonderful flavor! The whole family loved it!

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  113. I made this yesterday in the crock-pot and it worked perfectly! Thanks for the recipe!

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  114. Did you reduce the liquid making it in the crock pot? By how much?
    And how long did you cook it please?

    thanks
    Andrea

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    1. Hi Andrea. I haven't ever made it in the crockpot, so I don't have an answer! It seems that a lot of comments have said they're going to try it, but not too many have posted results. One commenter said it was too liquidy. Maybe don't add all of the chicken broth? You can always add more at the end if it was too thick, right?! Good luck, and sorry I couldn't help more.

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  115. Making this in the crock pot today. Will let you know how it goes! :)

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  116. Just made this recipe tonight and it was DELIGHTFUL! My husband and I both loved it and it's surprisingly very filling! I only did one stalk of Celery because my husband and I aren't big fans of it, but you couldn't even notice it much the cheesy goodness covered it all =) Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  117. This is wonderful!! Made it for dinner tonight and it's gone :)

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  118. This is an awesome recipe! J

    Just a note - I see a lot of crock pot users but not a lot of results or specifics on what people tried. I sautéed the carrots, celery, onions and garlic then threw everything else in the crockpot. It did NOT work. At all. The veggies tasted great, but the cheese clumped up and the flour clumped up.

    If i were to try with the crockpot again, i would cook the sautéed veggies in the pot with the broth and raw potatoes on low for 5 hours, then add the broccoli until its soft....probably no more than 30 mins.... Once the broccoli is soft, add a rue (milk and flour mixture you'll need to cook on the stovetop. I'd says bout 1/2 cup should work for this recipe, so 1/4C milk and 1/4c flour) and then melt the cheese with a bit if milk in a different pot then mix that melted cheese n with the rue. Once you've got that, stir the cheesy rue into the vegetable mixture in the crockpot and serve pretty much right after.

    That being said, it almost Seems like more work to make this in the crockpot based in my experience and knowledge... And I use the crock pot for EVERYTHING!!

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    1. Thanks for all of the crock pot tips! I'll have to try it one of these days so I can have answers when people ask!

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  119. making right now and smells delish and double the recipe! I am going to plan on freezing the leftovers and see how it turns out!! should only make it thicker if anything after reheated due to the potatoes you think?? I had some leftover chicken shredded that needed to be used up so I added it too! should be good for a cold evening w/ some bread!!thanks

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    1. Hi! I haven't tried freezing it, but we always have some left over and it is even better reheated!

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  120. I know what chicken broth is but what is broth made with chicken soup?

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    1. Hi Deborah. The chicken soup base is called Better Than Bullion. It comes in a jar right by the bullion cubes, and it is a thick, super concentrated chicken bullion paste. It makes a really nicely flavored chicken broth.

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  121. This sounded so good and it smelt good as I was cooking it. I followed the ingredients to the t on here, however I put it in the crockpot, cooked on low for 3 hours, then added the shredded cheese, cooked another 3 hours on low. Everything was done(the potatoes and broccoli were soft), but it wasn't creamy and the cheese didn't melt well. Not sure if the crockpot is the way to do this one.

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    1. Hi Jen. I'm so sorry it didn't turn out for you! I still haven't made it in the crockpot, so I can't tell you the best way to do that. Maybe just stir the cheese in at the very end, let it melt, then serve?

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  122. Could you add rice to this recipe?

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    1. That's sounds like it would be delicious!

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    2. Would add more stock since rice absorbs liquid? Or what would be the best way to do it? Thanks!!

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    3. If I were trying it, I would just cook the rice separately and toss it in at the end. However, if you want it to be a one-pot kind of thing, yeah, I guess I'd add enough extra stock to make the right ratio with however much rice you add (2 cups liquid to 1 cup rice). And maybe add the rice 15 minutes before you expect the chowder to be finished, maybe at the same time as the potatoes. Sounds like some experimentation is in order!

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    4. OK, so I tried adding cooked rice right at the very end. And while it was a tasty addition, the rice kind of got lost in the soup and I didn't even notice it. Maybe rice instead of potatoes but not in addition to??

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  123. Thank you for the ideas and help!!

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  124. Oh my word, thank you so much for this recipe! I made it last night and even my two and four year old children loved it! What a great way to get kids to eat a ton of veggies in one serving :)

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    1. So glad it was a big hit with your family!

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  125. CROCKPOT!
    I made this is the crock pot a couple days ago. sorry for the delay on posting my comment.
    I put everything except the cheese and milk in the crock pot and let it cook on low for about 5 or so hours. Then I added in the cheese but left out the milk because it was so runny. Aftere another hour the cheese was just making big gooey chunks. I tried to blend some of it but that gave it a weird texture. I will try to make this again using less liquid and putting the cheese in at the begining. I hope this helps all of you crock pot users out there!

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  126. making this now for a church carry-in lunch tomorrow! Looks and smells delicious! Hope it's a hit! Thanks. :)

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  127. I just made this and it is AMAZING! I love how a few simple ingredients mixed together can turn into something so tasteful. It was a hit with the whole family. Thank you

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  128. I ended up needing to thicken the soup a bit more and also added black pepper and extra garlic! Thanks for a great recipie.

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  129. Delicious! Just what I'm craving right now!

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  130. I also saw this on pinterest. Since I had everything and needed to use up some chicken stock and other veggies, it was perfect. Wasn't sure since there are few spices, but we LOVED it. Yummy comfort food - even better the next day. Very rich - hard to believe there is only 2 TBS of butter and 1 of flour. And I only had 1 cup of cheese - still great. Thanks Lulu!

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  131. I love this. I'm making it for the third time- and you really can add a lot of different veggies to mix it up- whatever needs to be used up. Now that I'm in to vegetable juicing, I always have leftover veggies that need to be eaten up quick. Thank you so much!

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  132. Great recipe and also a great picture. Wonderful to have all ready when everyone show up at different times for dinner after baseball, cheer and meetings. I love soup all year round! I will be adding it to my recipe file!

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    1. We love soup too. And this really is a great one; it reheats even better!!

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  133. Followed your recipe plus some extra salary, and it was delicious!

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  134. Have made this a couple of times already and it's one of my favorite recipes ever. my kids will even eat it with the broccoli. thanks!

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    1. It seems to be a hit with picky eaters everywhere, mine included!

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  135. This soup sounds so good. I'm going to make this soon :)

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  136. It sounds wonderful! How many calories per cup???

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    1. Sorry, I have no idea what the nutritional breakdown is for the recipe. If I figure it out, or if someone else leaves a comment with the calories per serving, I'll make sure to post it.

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  137. Made this tonight. It was good, although if I make it again I'll probably try to make a thicker soup. It was just like a creamy broth, as opposed to a chowder. It was good though.

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  138. Oh YUM. I bought the ingredients yesterday...definitely going to make this today or tomorrow! I have kale that needs to be used...pretty sure I'm going to add that to it! Yay for cheesy goodness with lots of fiber!

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    1. One of the best things about this recipe is that you can throw in whatever veggies you want!

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  139. I just made this and it is soooo good!!! Thanks!
    I used half and half instead of milk (just because I had some that needed to be used)... It's really alot easier than I thought. Chopping took the most time!

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  140. This is so good! I love broccoli cheddar soup but it's so fattening. This turns the volume up on the vegetables and still has that amazing cheddar flavor. I baked homemade yogurt honey buns to go with it. Mm!

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    1. Homemade yogurt honey buns sound delicious!

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  141. I rarely (and by that I mean never) comment on recipes I find online. This was fantastic, even with cutting down the cheese (to about 1 cup or so) to reduce the fat :)

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  142. I have never known how to cook before and after joining Pinterest I was really inspired by recipes (obviously one of them being yours). I decided to try this recipe because I love soup and I'm picky with my veggies. This turned out delicious and I'm so proud of myself haha. Thank you so much for inspiring young and old cooks everywhere!

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  143. I loved this recipe! I used Havarti cheese instead, and it was still just as delicious! Thank you so much for this recipe that I know will now be in my family forever! :)

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  144. how many does it serve?

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  145. Could you use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth

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    1. I've never used vegetable broth, but I don't see why it wouldn't be delicious!

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  146. I must have done something wrong. Mine wasn't very good, and not very thick. :(

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    1. I'm so sorry it didn't turn out for you! The first time my mom made it, it turned out very weird. I was like, "I swear it's a good recipe. Please don't judge me based on this!"

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  147. I made this with vegetable broth and it was delicious! Next time I will double it because the only problem was there wasn't enough! The whole family loved it!

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    1. Yay Julie! I'm so glad. My 6-year-old asks for it all the time.

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  148. I thought it was a little bland. I added some spices for flavor...but not a "5-star" in my book - sorry

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  149. Making this tonight! Can't wait! :D
    - Jenny@smalltownhippies

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  150. AKA "Orgasm Soup." Pretty dank.

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  151. I made this tonight for dinner and it was gobbled up by all. I subbed chicken broth with vegetable broth because I'm a vegetarian (not vegan) and doubled the garlic. Will definitely make it again.

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    1. Yay! Glad your family loved it as much as mine does.

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  152. So good! My son told me it was the best soup i've ever made! I will keep this recipe!

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  153. Going to make this in my crockpot today! It is going to be a hot one, so this will be great to not heat up the house! I am going to combine the chicken broth, veggies (had in the freezer already flashed boiled since I don't like to waste fresh veggies we don't get too), onion, garlic, and put some cubed ham I have that I use for my crockpot corn chowder in the the crockpot. Then at the last about 30-45 mins you put the milk, flower, and cheese in! This would also make a great freezer meal! I bet you can put chicken in this too! YUM! Great for when the whole fryers go onsale! I love to save my broth from those! :) God Bless!

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    1. One of my favorite things about this soup is how versatile it is! You can definitely change it up to make it just how you like it!

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  154. This soup was so good! I put some cheddar cheese, asiago cheese, and regular sliced american cheese in it. I also added some crushed up crackers! Very yummy! Thank you for the recipe!

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    1. Hi Christina. Your cheese additions sound delicious! We just had it for dinner on Tuesday!

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  155. Made this for dinner last night and I have to say it was pretty tasty. I added some already shredded chicken I had in the freezer and cooked on low for at least an hour, then took it off the heat, let it stand and the re-heated for dinner. It was very thick and creamy. When I cooked on low, cheese and milk was already added in. I felt like it gave it time to thicken and for all the flavors to mix.

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  156. Found you on Pinterest! Made this for dinner tonight - it was delish, thank you!

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  157. Just made this for dinner and my husband and I loved it!! SOOO yummy :) can't wait to make it for guests!

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  158. I found this on pinterest! I am planning to make it for a friend with a new baby. I am allergic to wheat...do you think I could use cornstarch instead of flour to thicken it up a little?

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    1. Hi Stacy. I think you can most definitely leave the flour out. I'm sure cornstarch would work as a thickener, just not sure how much to tell you to add! Other ideas that would work: puree the whole thing with a stick blender; add instant potato flakes. Good luck!!

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  159. Found on Pinterest and made it tonight. It was so good and my husband (who hated vegetables until just a couple years ago and still isn't the biggest fan of them) LOVED it! We crushed some saltine crackers over top while eating and it made it taste like a chicken pot pie (only without the chicken). My husband said this was his favorite "new" meal that I've made lately. Thank you for sharing your recipe and for helping my husband eat more veggies! :)

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    1. Hey Susan. I'm a fan of anything, and I mean ANYTHING, that tastes like chicken pot pie! I'll have to get out the saltines next time I make this!

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