Southwestern Broccoli Cheese Soup
4 cups water
4 reduced-sodium chicken bouillon cubes or vegetable bouillon cubes
4 cups fresh broccoli florets
3 cups frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups fat-free milk
6 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
1 cup chunky salsa
In a large saucepan, combine the water, bouillon cubes, vegetables, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Combine the flour and milk until smooth; gradually stir into the soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Add the cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Add the salsa; cook and stir until heated through. Yield: 9 servings (about 2 quarts).
Nutrition Facts: 1 cup equals 143 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 856 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.
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I usually do not like chunky soups...but this one is really good. I guess I could puree it next time...might like it even more then. The salsa that I added was spicy...gave it a great flavor. Overall, a very easy, fast and flavorful soup. Will be great on a chilly fall evening. Serving sizes are small...more like 4 servings for me rather than the 9 specified...I guess if you were eating a sandwich with it, 1 cup would be enough.