Easy Peasy Cheesy!

Our household LOVES cheese, it IS its own food group.  there is NO type of cheese that is off-limits in this home… with that said, we still like to stretch our cheese, so it is consumed in a variety of ways, instead of just cut off the block (YUM).  So I made a few recipes this week that came out just GOOD.  and they were so easy and cheap, I like cheap!

First up:  Broccoli Cheese Soup

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup diced celery

2 tbsp dried onion ( you surely could use fresh, I just didn’t have one=)

1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup chicken broth (could use a bouillon)

2 1/2 cups milk

2 cups chopped broccoli, raw

1/2 cup shredded cheddar (or 1/4 of a 1 lb block, I didn’t shred it, just threw it in and stirred till melted, yay for less dirty dishes!)

Saute celery and onion in butter till soft.  Add flour and stir till blended and smooth.  Add seasonings. Add broth and milk, all at once. Stir till blended with flour mixture. Add broccoli.  Bring to boil, reduce and let simmer 10-15 minutes. Add cheddar and stir till melted and smooth.  * I served with homemade croutons, yum.  Or you could do crusty bread, or nothing! It is good plain too=) Quick, warm lunch!


Second:  Squash Alfredo Sauce

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

1 cup chicken broth

2 1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic

1/2 cup pureed squash ( I used butternut)

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Melt the butter in pot on medium heat, add flour and stir till smooth.  Add seasonings. Add broth and milk all at once. Stir till combined.  Let come to boil and reduce for 10-15 minutes till nice and thick & bubbly.  Watch the heat because you don’t want the milk to scorch or for it to boil over ( NOOOO this didn’t happen to me at all;) Once nice and thick add squash and cheese.  Keep on heat a few more minutes till all ingredients are nicely combined.  This made 4 cups of sauce.  I was using it for lasagna & chicken alfredo pasta and still have 1 1/2 cups left, so feel free to 1/2 the recipe if only using for a meal. But its a good way to get some veggie in the meal as well, seeing as how our 3-year-old wont touch anything that looks for smells like a veggie, I trick him, shhh don’t tell.

Did you notice the resemblance in the recipes?That is all cooking is, just going with what works and adapting it. Dont be afraid to try, you never know it might just be damn good, and no not everything I make is damn good, but that is how I learn!

Good luck and hope your 2013 is going just as you would like=)