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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cheesy Potato & Veggie Chowder

So, here's my first post! I'm just a little excited :)

If you like cheese, you will love this recipe! It is a fan favorite for everyone in my home, even my veggie-picky husband!

3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped (3 cups)*
4 carrots, peeled & chopped*
2 cans whole kernel corn*
¼ cup dried onions*
2 cups water
1 10 ¾ ounce can cream of chicken soup
1 cup chopped ham**
1 teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon multi-colored (or black) pepper
12 ounces American cheese***

1- In 3 ½ or 4 quart slow cooker combine all ingredients except cheese.
2- Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours or high for 4 to 4 ½ hours.
3- Stir cheese into hot soup until melted.

*- If you want a quicker prep time, I have used the Hanover frozen stew vegetables mixture and just added extra corn (we like corn).

**- I buy either a ham steak and use half of it, or just use leftover ham that was chopped and frozen.

***- I just buy the store-brand American cheese slices and use ¾ of the package.

Also, this recipe is great for sneaking in vegetables, I have put lima beans, okra, green beans, small amount of spinach, zucchini, you name it. The cheese does a great job of covering it (my husband is the most picky veggie eater, and he’s the one that always loves this one!).


Kristin said...

Yeah! We're excited too. It's fun to have another contributor with such great taste. I have been wanting to try this one since you sent it to me. Maybe this weekend!

Taylor Gardner said...

Lyanna...Yay! I'm thrilled you're a new member of our 'cooking club', if you will. I am a soup lover, so I'm sure I'll be making this soon. Keep 'em coming!

Kristin said...

So I couldn't wait until the weekend. I found ham steaks on sale and had many of the other ingredients on hand. I started the crock pot before work and we indulged when we got home. Delicious. Willow loved it too!

Lyanna said...

I made this the other day and added 1/2 cup pureed cauliflower and 1/3 cup pureed butternut squash (from my stashes from the Deceptively Delicious cookbook) and it was EVEN BETTER!! Oh yea, and made me feel 10 times better about hiding even MORE veggies in there :)