Monday, January 20, 2014

Tortellini Cheddar Cheese Soup

8 carrots, peeled and sliced
5 stalks of celery, sliced
3 green onions chopped
1 medium onion  chopped
5 garlic cloves, crushed 
2 to 3 cups chicken broth (Just enough to barely cover your cut vegetables in your pot.)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning   (I only used 1/2T)
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder 
1 1/2  teaspoons garlic powder 
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups half & half (I used fat free)
2 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
2 to 3 cups cheese, grated 
16 ounces frozen Tortellini pasta
 Milk (I added about 2 cups to this was not called for in the original recipe but the soup was way to thick for my liking)
  1. Place butter in a small pan and melt for a few minutes.Whisk in the flour and and cook 2 min to cook out the flour flavor. Stir in the 2 Cups milk 
  2. Cut all vegetables to about the same size. This allows the vegetables to all cook evenly.
  3. Put all of the vegetables in a medium to large pot. The vegetable should fill only half of the pot.
  4. Pour chicken broth over the vegetables, just enough to cover them. Add seasonings. Put on medium-high heat, uncovered. Let it simmer  for about 10 to 13 minutes or until veggies are tender.
  5. Whisk together the milk flour mixture and add it  into the vegetables and chicken broth. (You will notice the broth automatically starting to thicken.)
  6. Slowly pour and gently stir in the half & half. Allow the soup to come back to a slow simmer on medium heat.
  7. Add the cheeses and the frozen pasta. The pasta will take only a few minutes to become tender.
  8. Once the pasta and the vegetables are all cooked, it is ready to serve.

* I thought that this was pretty good. I needed to add about 2 cups extra milk because the soup was really thick and so I wanted to thin it out. I also think that it needed some more seasoning it was a little bland. This could be because I added all the extra milk. Overall I don't think that I will be making this again. Only because I have other soups that are like this one that I like better.

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