Harvest Cheddar and Vegetable Chowder

Harvest Cheddar and Vegetable Chowder

2 tbsp (30 mL)butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups (500 mL) cauliflower, chopped
2 cups (500 mL) broccoli, chopped
1 cup (250 mL) grated carrot
1 can (10 oz/284 mL) condensed chicken broth
1 cup (250 mL) water
2 cups (500 mL) milk
1/4 cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded Canadian Medium Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper

Cheesy Bread:
1/2 loaf French baguette
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded Canadian Mozzarella cheese

Melt butter in large saucepan. Cook and stir onion over medium-high heat until tender. Add cauliflower, broccoli, carrot and chicken broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Whisk milk into flour until smoothly combined; add to saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens. Remove pan from heat; add 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) Medium Cheddar cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, add the cheesy bread on top of the soup.

Cheesy Bread: Cut baguette into thin slices. Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese and broil with oven door open for one or two minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Complementary Wines: Port: colheita, Roussette de Savoie, Zweigelt

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