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Monday, December 22, 2008

Baby it's cold outside.....

On days like this, I like to warm up to a warm bowl of soup. I have to admit that this one is one of my favorites! Here is the lighter version of Cheeseburger Chowder. You just have to try some....

Cheeseburger Chowder

1/2 pound ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
4 tablespoons light butter, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced carrots
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
3 cups light or fat free chicken broth
4 cups diced peeled potatoes
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
2 cups cubed light or fat free process America Cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup light or fat free sour cream

In a saute pan brown the ground beef. Drain and set aside. In same saute pan saute onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Add garlic, carrots, basil and parsley. Saute about 3 minutes. Add broth and beef and potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are tender. Meanwhile melt remaining butter in a small skillet. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add evaporated milk, stirring constantly, cooking and stirring for 6 to 8 minutes. Gradually stir the sauce into the soup. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese, salt and pepper. Continue to stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.

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