Sunday, March 8, 2009

Beer Cheese Soup

4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)
* 4 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
* 1 1/4 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold potato (about 10 ounces)
* Cooking spray
* 1/2 cup finely diced onion
* 1/2 cup finely diced celery
* 1/2 cup finely diced carrot
* 1 teaspoon minced garlic
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
* 2 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
* 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
* 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extrasharp cheddar cheese
* 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
* 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 1 (12-ounce) can beer
* Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Simmer 2 cups broth and potato in a small saucepan. Cook 15 minutes or until potato is tender. Transfer potato mixture to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid spills). Blend until smooth. Set mixture aside.

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, celery, and carrot to pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, remaining 2 1/2 cups broth, and milk in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick; stir constantly with a whisk. Add potato mixture, sharp cheddar cheese, and next 5 ingredients (through salt) to pan; cook for 1 minute or until cheese melts, stirring constantly. Add beer to pan; bring to a simmer. Cook 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Garnish with black pepper, if desired.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 363 (30% from fat)
Fat: 12.2g (sat 7.7g,mono 3.5g,poly 0.6g)
Protein: 20.7g
Carbohydrate: 41.8g
Fiber: 3.4g
Cholesterol: 39mg
Iron: 2.1mg
Sodium: 884mg
Calcium: 480mg

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recipes by: Linda Vujnov, Cooking Light
photo: Lee Harrelson


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