Vegetable Cheese Soup

Yes, I said that I would be taking a hiatus until “tomorrow,” but apparently it took six days for tomorrow to get here!  Fear not:  I was still cooking in that time.  Well, for some of that time.  What I was doing with most of my time, however, was preparing for Second Shift of Kid’s second birthday as well as taking Mr. Mackerelsnapper away for a birthday weekend getaway.  So, dear readers at home, wish them both some birthday felicitations. 

Anyway, after the Eggplant Parmesan debacle (turns out 10 minutes is not enough purging time, no matter what my memory tells me), I wanted the next meal–no, two–to be low-maintenance.  This one is.

Vegetable Cheese Soup

1 can creamed corn
1 c shredded potatoes (skins on or off, depending on how lazy you are)
1 c shredded carrot
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 c sliced celery
3 c vegetable broth
1/2 t celery salt (honestly, I used more, but I love celery salt)
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 T dried minced onion (use fresh if you feel like chopping more onion, but I didn’t)
2 T flour
2 c milk
1 c shredded cheese

Combine first 7 ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours.  Make and add a cheese sauce either shortly before serving or, if your slow cooker has a “warm” setting, add the cheese sauce 1-2 hours before serving.  To make the cheese sauce, heat butter, oil and minced onion in a pan over medium heat.  When browning and bubbly, stir in flour, then whisk in milk until lumps disappear.  Bring to a low boil and allow to thicken over medium heat, approximately 3-5 minutes.  Stir in cheese until smooth, then add to the soup. 

I can’t think of a legit way to veganize this, but to make it gluten-free, you could very likely use corn starch in place of the flour. 

For or Wednesday Dessert, we were supposed to work on the corporal work of mercy Clothing the Naked.  However, a young man at our church was supposed to be collecting to fund his trip to work with Habitat for Humanity.  So we shifted weeks around and worked on Giving Homes to the Homeless.  For this, we, toddler and all, went on a hunt through our house and van, looking for loose change.  This turned out to be a great way to clean out our crusty minivan as well as help a good cause.

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

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