Thursday, January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012: Low Cal Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

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Although cheese isn’t the most diet-friendly food, it is packed with protein and you can’t deny yourself (myself) all the time. This recipe is very filling; a little cheese goes a long way.

Low Cal Potato Cheese Soup

1 t. butter
¼ cup chopped white onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 green onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1 small Roma tomato, peeled and diced
1 roasted green chile, peeled and diced
3 red potatoes, cut into 1 ½” chunks
1 cup water
1 t. chicken bouillon
2 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
½ t. garlic salt
½ t. black pepper
1 cup 1% milk

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add white onion, garlic, white parts of green onions, and celery. Sauté for five minutes, until vegetables begin to soften. Stir in tomato, green chile, and potatoes. Add water and chicken bouillon; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium low, gently boiling potatoes for about 15 minutes or until soft.

Add cubes of cheese, salt, pepper and milk. Reduce heat to low and stir together just until cheese melts. To serve, top bowls of soup with green onions.

Serves 2 – 4 (two as a main dish, four as a side dish or appetizer) with calories of approximately 265 in a one-cup serving.

Tip: For a thicker soup, let it cool, then reheat slowly over low heat.

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