Onion Cheese Soup
Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
1 large onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
4 cups whole milk
2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
Seasoned salad croutons
Optional: Grated Parmesan cheese and minced chives
In a large saucepan, saute the onion in butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Stir in cheese until melted. Serve with croutons and; if desired, top with Parmesan cheese and minced chives.
1 cup: 308 calories, 22g fat (15g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein
Cheesy Potato Soup
Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
5 cups water
2 cups 2% milk
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
12 ounces Velveeta, cubed
Minced fresh parsley
Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 5 minutes. Add potatoes and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, 15 minutes.
Stir in the milk, soup, garlic salt and pepper; heat until warmed through. Add cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley.
1 cup: 296 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 803mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.
Cheesy Tomato Soup
2 tablespoons salted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup white wine
One 32-ounce bottle tomato juice
Two 14.5-ounce cans stewed tomatoes
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
Finely minced fresh parsley, for serving
12 slices baguette
6 tablespoons olive oil
6 thick slices Cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
For the soup: Heat the butter and olive oil in a braiser or shallow Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, thyme and oregano. Season with a few pinches of salt and pepper.
Cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
Increase the heat to medium high and add the tomato paste. Stir and cook for 30 seconds. Add the wine, scraping the bottom of the pot to deglaze. Pour in the tomato juice, stewed tomatoes and sugar. Bring it to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer gently for 10 minutes.
For the croutons: Meanwhile, drizzle both sides of each baguette slice with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil and arrange them on a baking sheet. Bake until slightly toasted, 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside.
Add the heavy cream, Parmesan, pecorino and basil to the soup. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
To serve, preheat the broiler. Ladle the soup into 6 ovenproof bowls and put on a baking sheet. Place 2 croutons onto each bowl and top with a piece of the Cheddar. Broil the soups just long enough for the cheese to get bubbly and slightly toasted. Serve each bowl with a sprinkle of parsley.