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Broccoli-cheese soup (pictured), cream of asparagus, cream of corn, and on and on. Make any of these creamy vegetable soup variations with in-season produce (or just because you're craving it!)

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan cook desired vegetable, covered, in a large amount of boiling water according to directions in each variation. Drain well. Set aside 1 cup cooked vegetables.

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  • In a food processor combine the remaining cooked vegetables and 3/4 cup of the chicken broth. Cover and process about 1 minute or until smooth. Set aside.

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  • In the same saucepan melt butter. Stir in flour, seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more.

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  • Stir in the reserved 1 cup cooked vegetables, blended vegetable mixture, and remaining 3/4 cup broth. Cook and stir until heated through. If necessary, stir in additional milk to reach desired consistency. If desired, season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings (4-1/2 cups).

Winter: Cream of Broccoli-Cheese Soup (Pictured)

Cook 4 cups fresh or frozen chopped broccoli 8 to 10 minutes or until tender (follow package directions if using frozen broccoli). Set aside 1 cup of broccoli. Blend remaining broccoli as directed in Step 2. For seasoning, use 1/2 tsp. lemon zest (or 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning) in Step 3. Add reserved broccoli; stir 1/2 cup shredded American cheese into soup after broth in Step 4. If desired, top with additional shredded American cheese. Makes 4 cups.

Spring: Cream of Roasted Asparagus Soup

Lightly coat 2 bunches trimmed fresh asparagus (1 lb.) with olive oil. Roast in a 400°F oven 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Cut off asparagus tips; set aside. Cut stems into 1-inch pieces. Blend stems as directed in Step 2. For seasoning, use 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg in Step 3. Add reserved asparagus tips in Step 4. Makes 4 3/4 cups.

Summer: Cream of Corn Soup

Thaw a 12- to 14-oz. pkg. frozen baby gold and white corn. Cook 2 large leeks, thinly sliced (1 cup); 1 russet potato, peeled and cubed (1 cup); and 2 cloves garlic, minced, 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Blend mixture and 1 cup of the corn as directed in Step 2. For seasoning, use 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper in Step 3. Add remaining corn, 2 oz. softened cream cheese, and 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley in Step 4. Makes 5 1/4 cups.

Fall: Cream of Sweet Potato Soup

Cook 2 medium sweet potatoes (1 lb.), peeled and cubed; 1/2 cup chopped onion; and half of a Granny Smith apple, peeled and sliced (1/2 cup), 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Set aside 1 cup potato mixture. Blend remaining mixture as directed in Step 2, except use all of the broth. For seasoning, use 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon and, if desired, 1/4 tsp. ground ancho chile pepper in Step 3. Add remaining potato mixture in Step 4. Makes 4 1/2 cups.

Cream of Potato Soup:

Cook 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed, and 1/2 cup chopped onion as directed in Step 1 about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Reserve 1 cup of potato-onion mixture. Process remaining mixture as directed in Step 2, except use all of the broth. Use 1/4 teaspoon dried dill or basil, crushed, in Step 3.

Cream of Cauliflower-Cheese Soup:

Cook 4 cups fresh or loose-pack frozen cauliflower florets as directed in Step 1 for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Drain. Reserve 1 cup cauliflower florets. Process remaining cauliflower florets as directed in Step 2. Use 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds in Step 3. Stir in 1/2 cup shredded American cheese along with the blended vegetable mixture in Step 4. If desired, top each serving with additional shredded American cheese.

Nutrition Facts

236 calories; 5 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 0 g monounsaturated fat; 13 mg cholesterol; 509 mg sodium. 0 mg potassium; 40 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 8 g protein; 0 RE vitamin a; 243 IU vitamin a; 28 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 101 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

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