Monday, September 15, 2014

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

I have been waiting for fall since Spring.  As I get older it becomes more and more of my favorite season.  When I was younger I loved summer...but I'm over that.  

I love the cool crisp weather and being able to bundle up in a hoodie.  I love all of the beautiful colors and smells that autumn brings.  I love ALL things pumpkin, and now I love soups and chowders!  This week I believe fall has arrived.

The weather change has been wonderful!  However, going from 90 degrees to 70 degrees in a day has caused major allergies.  My husband and I have caught the crud!  So I was FINALLY able to have an excuse to start my chowder addiction.  Horrible excuse though lol.

This Cheesy Vegetable Chowder definitely got us hooked!  I have made three huge batches of it in two days!  Yes, it's that good!  It's full of broccoli, potatoes, celery, carrots, mushrooms, and more!  So yummy I couldn't have just one bowl!!

My husband got sick right before I did so I decided to try this out. He and the girls ate it all before I was able to get a full bowl.  The next day I got sick and begged for him to learn to make it for me.  He wasn't going for it :(  So....I went to the store and made it myself.  It was worth every bit of the Wal Mart chaos!  Now, I have some to freeze for next time! Woop! Woop!

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

By: Crystal Barrett

August 14, 2014

About 8 servings                                                          (Click here to Print)


6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 an onion - yellow - finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped carrots
1 cup or 1 stalk finely chopped celery
1 package sliced baby bella mushrooms
3 cloves minced garlic
2 peeled and chopped potatoes
4 cups Swanson chicken broth
1 1/2 tbsp flour
1/2 c water
2/3 c milk
2 cups finely chopped broccoli
2 or more cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese


-  In a huge pot, melt butter on medium heat.

-  Add onions and garlic.  Saute until onions are transparent.

-  Add celery, carrots, and mushrooms to the pot.  Stir occasionally and saute until carrots and celery is tender.

-  Add the chopped potatoes and then the chicken broth to the pot.  Bring to a boil.  Let boil for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and can be easily stuck with a fork.

-  In a small bowl mix flour with the water.  Add this mixture to the pot.  This should thicken up the chowder within a few minutes of simmering.

-  Add milk and broccoli and simmer until the broccoli is tender.  This only takes about 5-7 minutes.

-  Take the pot off of the heat and add cheese.  Stir well and serve.


  1. I LOVE summer - it's my favorite season and I hate to see it go, but soups like this make me love fall, too :) Looks great.

  2. I'm in the same boat as you. I'm trying to figure out if I have the worst allergies ever, or if I have succumb to a ridiculous cold. Either way, awful. I wish I had a nice steaming big bowl of this right now. It looks so good and nothing says feel better, like a nice piping hot bowl of soup/chowder.

    1. I hope you get to feeling better soon! When you are better make some of this and freeze for next time!

  3. I do love fall for all of the yummy soup recipes. My mother in-law just made a corn-chowder that was really good that I will be posting soon. We will have to give recipe a try love the broccoli in it.

  4. Fall is my absolute FAVORITE season! I could definitely cozy up to a bowl of this soup!

  5. Loving all that cheese! Everyone here eats their veges when they're tossed with I'm thinking this soup is a great idea!

  6. Bring on the chowder recipes! Love all the veggies in there.

  7. I used to love summer as a teen. Now as an adult, the second I can wrap a scarf 'round my neck and throw on a pair of calf high boots, I'm a happy camper. Your chowder looks amazing! So hearty. I would eat like... The whole thing.

  8. This reminds me of when I was little. I hated veggies but not when they were swimming in something cheesy! Can't wait to try this!

  9. The return of coup season is the best thing about fall! I made chili last night and am doing tomato soup today. I'll put this one on my menu for next week - I love chowder!