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Cold Day, Easy Warm Chowder

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I love hearty chunky soups.  And I especially love things that you can make all in one pot.  This is a potato chowder with mixed vegetables.

I put a little butter in the bottom of the pot, diced an entire onion, poured a whole bag of mixed frozen veggies (corn, carrots, green beans, lima beans), cut up potatoes, and then poured enough water to cover everything.  I don’t buy chicken/vegetable/beef stocks because they’re loaded with sodium.  So instead, I added salt, pepper, celery seed, and thyme to the pot.  While I waited for everything get to a boil, in a sauce pan I melted a half stick of butter, one cup of milk, a can of evaporated milk that I had, and a few spoonfuls of all purpose flour.  I also put in fresh parsley that I just broke apart with my fingers, rather than using a knife.  After the soup pot came to a boil, I reduced the temperature and added the milk mixture to it, and just let it simmer for 15 minutes or so.

This soup is so delicious and it’s so filling.  I was also able to use all different ingredients that I had.  Many of the recipes for chowder called for celery but I didn’t have any on hand.  I will definitely be experimenting more and making permutations of this chowder.  Warm, hearty, and delicious soup 😀

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