Disclaimer! This is NOT Mennonite but if you add farmer sausage you can pretend!
Veggie chowder is a delicious and fairly healthy soup. I discovered the recipe on http://www.allrecipes.com/. It's meatless so I add some Mennonite farmer sausage or Dutch rookworst to add some 'meat' for the man of the house.
Here's the recipe:
In this recipe, a variety of fresh vegetables are cooked in chicken broth and combined with a creamy cheddar cheese mixture which is seasoned with chopped parsley and ground black pepper.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 50 Minutes
Makes: 6 - 8 servings
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup margarine
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup cauliflower chopped
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup fresh chopped broccoli
3 cups water
3 cubes chicken bouillon
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese ( I only use 1 cup or so)
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups milk
1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, saute the pepper and onions in butter or margarine until tender.
2. Add remaining vegetables, water, bouillon, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer covered for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
3. Combine flour and milk until smooth; stir into pan. Bring soup to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Mix in the parsley. Just before serving, stir in the cheese until melted.