December 29, 2010

Vegetable Chowder

Alright, this is pretty amazing.  Scott and I ate the entire pot in about 12 hours.  It's not really unhealthy, but you could probably cut out some of the butter and flour without it making a big difference in taste.  I might try that next time.  Also, I think I might like it better without the bacon.  Or maybe just crumble it on top instead of stirring it into the soup.  I got this recipe from Taste of Home and it has these homemade breadbowls that go with it.  Yeah, right.  However, you can probably buy breadbowls ready-made in the bakery section OR just do what I did and dip some sourdough into the chowder.

Vegetable Chowder
1 large onion, chopped
3 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
6 T. butter
6 T. flour
2 t. bouillon granules (chicken)
3/4 t. seasoned salt
3/4 t. onion powder
1/2 t. pepper
4 1/2 cups milk (I used skim) 
4 slice of bacon

Dice the uncooked bacon.  Cook it in the soup pot and then drain the fat and set the bacon aside on a paper towel.  Melt the butter in the soup pot.  Throw in the onion and let it cook and soften.  Add the vegetables and cook together for a few minutes.  Add the flour and stir to coat the vegetables.  Add the milk.  Bring to a boil and let it boil for 2 minutes.  Add the bacon into the soup and stir in all of the seasonings.

I took this (very bad) picture with my phone.  I also stirred some cheddar into mine, but it really doesn't need it.

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