Cheddar Broc Pot

This is my take on a recipe I found in Country Living magazine. It is perfect for cold winter days, and when the kids ask, "What's for dinner?", its fun to say.

1 lg. onion, chopped
2 T. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
5-6 med. potatoes, washed and quartered
2 c. baby carrots
3 c. chicken broth
1 c. water
1 bag frozen broccoli, florets or chopped
1 1/2 c. milk
1 c. shredded sharp or medium cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. pepper

Heat oil in large heavy pot. Add garlic and stir for one minute. Add potatoes, carrots, broth, and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to MED LO. Simmer for 1 hour. Add broccoli, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add milk, cheese, salt, sugar, and pepper. Using a potato masher, mash large chunks until soup thickens and becomes creamy, though not smooth. Add water if too thick. Add more salt or sugar to taste. Serves 6-8.

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