Halloween is a time for spooky costumes, sweet treats, and creating lasting memories. As you prepare for a night of trick-or-treating with your little ones, it’s important to fuel them with a delicious and nutritious meal. Enter California Cheese Soup, a delightful recipe passed down from Holly’s mother-in-law. With its cheesy goodness and a medley of vegetables, this soup is the ideal go-to dinner to warm bellies and energize your family before they embark on their Halloween adventures.
- 1 qt. water
- 2 chicken bullion cubes
- 1 cup celery (diced)
- 1/2 cup onion (diced)
- 2 1/2 cups potatoes (diced)
- 1 cup carrots (diced)
- 1 (16 oz) bag of California blend vegetables
- 2 small cans cream of chicken soup
- 1 pound Velveeta cheese (diced)
- Prepare the Flavorful Base:
- In a large pan, combine water and chicken bullion cubes. Bring the mixture to a boil, allowing the cubes to dissolve and infuse the water with rich flavor.
- Add the Nutrient-Rich Vegetables:
- Once the water reaches a boil, incorporate the diced celery, onions, potatoes, carrots, and the California blend vegetables. This blend typically includes broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, offering a vibrant assortment of colors and nutrients.
- Simmer to Perfection:
- Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid. Allow the soup to simmer gently for approximately 30 minutes, ensuring the vegetables are tender and flavors meld together harmoniously.
- Creamy and Cheesy Goodness:
- After the vegetables have cooked to perfection, it’s time to introduce the creamy and cheesy elements. Add the cream of chicken soup and the diced Velveeta cheese to the pan. These additions will impart a velvety texture and a burst of cheesy flavors that the whole family will adore.
- Final Touches:
- Cover the pan once more and let it sit for a few minutes. This step will ensure that the cheese and soup blend seamlessly, resulting in a luscious consistency.
- Serve and Savor:
- Ladle the California Cheese Soup into individual bowls, and for an extra touch of whimsy, consider serving it in bread bowls. The warmth of the soup and the comforting aroma will entice your little ones while they eagerly anticipate the night’s adventures.
With its combination of nutritious vegetables, creamy texture, and irresistible cheesy flavors, California Cheese Soup is the perfect Halloween night dinner. Not only does it provide essential nutrients for your children, but it also serves as a satisfying meal that will keep them energized during their trick-or-treating escapades. This recipe passed down through generations, offers a comforting and delicious way to celebrate this spooky holiday. Make a large batch and freeze the leftovers to enjoy on another chilly evening. As you savor this scrumptious soup, you’ll create memories that will last long after the Halloween decorations have been packed away.
This is Renee “Doing what I Love”
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