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Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Soup {contributor Shannon}

Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Soup, “Tender chicken is mixed with a variety of sauteed vegetables in a creamy Cheddar cheese to give you a warming soup your family will love.”

Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Soup, Tender chicken is mixed with a variety of sauteed vegetables in a creamy Cheddar cheese to give you a warming soup your family will love.

Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Hi there! It’s Shannon from Cozy Country Living! 🙂 The weather is getting cooler and around our house that means cozy, comforting warm meals. Among those, soups; are always one of my favorites. There’s nothing more inviting than the smell of homemade soup simmering on the stove all day when there is a chill in the air. Creamy soups are often more of an indulgence, but that’s what I am sharing with you all today. One of my family’s favorite soups, Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable!

This Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Soup is one of those soups you can most likely prepare with items that you already have on hand. Tender chicken is mixed with a variety of sauteed vegetables in a creamy Cheddar cheese to give you a warming soup your family will love.

I hate it when I decide to make something really good and come to find that I am missing a few ingredients. Most of the time that happens when it’s nap time, and well, you guessed it, I am most definitely not waking up my little one to run to the store. This soup really is simple and has really basic ingredients. This soup always seems to use up a lot of little things here and there that I have saved in the refrigerator like extra chopped veggies and chicken, and I love that!

Saute the Vegetables for Soup

You start out softening your vegetables. I usually add the tougher ones first like the carrots and broccoli and then continue adding the vegetables while stirring until they are all soft- it takes about 20 minutes total.

Transfer the Vegetables to A Bowl

Then I take the vegetables out of the pot and place them in a large bowl so I can make the soup base, that yummy creamy cheddar cheese base!

Making a Roux for the Cheese Soup

After melting some butter, you then add the flour, whisk until smooth and slowly add the heavy cream and milk…I know- naughty!

When that mixture thickens you are going to want to cover the pot and let it simmer on low for about 20 minutes to thicken up.

Add the Vegetables Back Into the Pot

After the 20 minutes, add the vegetables along with the chopped chicken (you can always use a rotisserie chicken) back to the pot.

Add the Cooked Chicken to the Soup

Cover the pot again and allow that to simmer for 20 more minutes.

Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Soup, Tender chicken is mixed with a variety of sauteed vegetables in a creamy Cheddar cheese to give you a warming soup your family will love.

When the 20 minutes is up you get to add the cheese along with a little sea salt and pepper! This is my favorite part by the way 😉

Add the Cheddar Cheese and Stir

Then turn off the heat and let it cool a bit before serving because it will be very, very hot!

This soup is delicious by itself, served in homemade bread bowls, or with a loaf of fresh crusty bread. I hope you and your family give this yummy soup a try this season! Enjoy!

Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Soup, Tender chicken is mixed with a variety of sauteed vegetables in a creamy Cheddar cheese to give you a warming soup your family will love.

Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Soup
 
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1 small head of broccoli, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 4 cups freshly grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 cups of shredded or chopped chicken or a rotisserie chicken
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
Instructions
  1. In your pot or Dutch Oven, heat the olive oil and start sauteing your vegetables (except for the frozen peas). I like to start with the toughest first, like the carrots and broccoli.
  2. Keep adding vegetables, while stirring until they are all softened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the pot and place them in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. You can add the frozen peas to this veggie mixture at this time.
  5. Melt the ½ cup of butter in the pot on a medium/low heat.
  6. Add the flour and mix together until incorporated.
  7. Slowly add the heavy cream, and the milk, while whisking together.
  8. When it becomes slightly thickened, add the chicken stock and whisk to combine.
  9. Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  10. Add the vegetable mixture back in, give it a good stir, cover and simmer on low 20 more minutes.
  11. Add 3½ cups of the Cheddar Cheese and season well with the sea salt and pepper. I use about 2½ tsp. of salt and ¼ – ½ tsp. black pepper, but start out with a little and keep tasting until you get it the way you want- you can’t take out salt but you can always add more:)
  12. Top with remaining grated Cheddar Cheese and serve warm in homemade bread bowls or with fresh crusty bread.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Serves 8 generously.

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23 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Bobbi says:
    September 20, 2014

    Mmmm…looks great! I love the “cream” you added 😉

    PInning it!
    Thanks for sharing

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    Sarah R. says:
    September 21, 2014

    This looks like the PERFECT comfort food as the temperature starts dropping- DELISH! Thank you so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again on Saturday with your latest makes & bakes!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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    Julie says:
    September 21, 2014

    This looks so darn good, Dana! Couldn’t help but share on my Facebook page tonight. I also pinned this to our Inspiration Monday Party Favorites Board, and my Food I Will Make Board. Thanks so much for being such a loyal linker every week! We love having you!!

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    Erica Brooks says:
    September 22, 2014

    I love a good soup and this one looks delicious. A perfect dish for Fall.

  5. avatar
    Adrian says:
    September 23, 2014

    This is the kind of soup recipe that I love to cook and eat on a cool day! Hopped over from Wonderful Wednesday Blog hop:)

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    Irina says:
    September 24, 2014

    In our house we eat soup almost every day for lunch, they are filling and you can make a big batch and not to worry what to cook for lunch for next few days! Your soup looks delicious and definitely filling, cant wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  7. avatar
    September 24, 2014

    I would love to have this soup on a nice crisp fall night! It looks so hearty and delicious!

  8. avatar
    Jill says:
    September 24, 2014

    This soup looks amazing! Pinned to try!

  9. avatar
    Maria says:
    September 24, 2014

    What a delicious looking soup! Looks wonderful! There’s nothing so comforting as a nice big bowl of soup in the fall! 🙂

  10. avatar
    September 25, 2014

    This looks like a perfect cold weather soup…top it with some fresh french bread and it is a perfect meal. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  11. avatar
    September 25, 2014

    This looks delicious, and it’s definitely a soup that my family would love. Pinned and tweeted!

  12. avatar
    September 25, 2014

    Yep, I want to dive right into that. I absolutely love soup and it’s pouring down rain here, supposed to all weekend, so soup is sounding especially cozy and comforting right now!! Thanks for sharing!

  13. avatar
    September 27, 2014

    Thank you so much for bringing this yummy soup to our Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. I featured it on my fb page and can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  14. avatar
    September 28, 2014

    I made this soup for my family and everyone loved it. The only thing I did was use 1/2 & 1/2 instead of the milk because I only had almond milk. I warned them though I cant make it to often as it is really rich so it will be a monthly treat. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.
    Karren
    5 Stars

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    chanelle says:
    September 29, 2014

    This looks great! I love all the vegetables and I don’t think cream is bad for you, so there goes your naughty ingredient! Julia Child famously said, “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” 🙂 So, you’re spot on with this recipe 😉

  16. avatar
    September 29, 2014

    Wow! This looks SOOOOO good! I can’t wait to make this! Thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe. I know my husband is going to love this one! oxox, Amanda

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    Kimberly says:
    September 29, 2014

    This looks so good! I’m drooling right now. Pinned. We had so much fun partying with you at our last party. We hope to see you tonight’s party at 7 pm. We love to see what you have been working on! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  18. avatar
    September 30, 2014

    Just stopping by to let you know we’ve featured this soup on tonight’s Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!! Be sure to come by and check it out 🙂

  19. avatar
    Arlene says:
    October 1, 2014

    Looks yummy and I plan to make it soon. The question I have is this: are the vegetables really soggy after cooking for 40 min. total? I’m wondering why they need softened first as I would think simmering 20 min. in the soup base would be plenty of cooking time for any vegetable.

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      October 2, 2014

      Hi Arlene! The broccoli and carrots really need the extra time to simmer/cook in the soup. They are still pretty crunchy after softening with the other vegetables. I add them with the onion and garlic in the beginning so the flavors really mingle, but it’s really the onion, pepper and garlic you want to become softened and translucent in the beginning. After cooking, I found the texture to be perfect and not soggy, but I guess you could keep an eye on them depending on the size you cut the carrots and the size of your broccoli florets. Hope this helps, and I hope you enjoy the soup!

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        Arlene says:
        October 3, 2014

        Thank you! I did make it this evening and it was delicious! It reminded me of the filling for homemade chicken potpie that I make. Instead of sauteing in oil, I chose to pre-cook the vegetables in a large saucepan with some water. Then I used the veggie water as part of my chicken broth – just measured it and added powdered bouillon to it. And because I hadn’t read it thoroughly enough, I did not have enough cheese. I ended up only adding about 2 cups (1 c. shredded Cheddar, and 1 c. cubed velveeta loaf) and it was perfect! Will definitely make again!

  20. avatar
    Diane Balch says:
    October 2, 2014

    Such a healthy hearty vegetable soup. Pinned. Thanks for bringing this to Weekend Bites.

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