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Monday, January 2, 2017

Grandma's Copycat Kelly's Cheese Soup #SoupWeek



      My town has a group of restaurants that are some of the most popular in town.  They are all owned by a local family and have some of the best food around.  In fact, my husband worked at one for a good part of his twenties.  It serves pizza and Mexican food.  I know it sounds like a strange combo, but it really works.  Add in pitchers are margaritas and you are really in business.  Kelly's is the Irish pub version of the four hot spots.  They serve great burgers, salads, sandwiches, chicken fingers and all of the things you would expect at a family pub.  They also have a salad bar with everything you would expect plus big fluffy cinnamon rolls and their famous cheese soup.


      In fact, a lot of people visit just for the salad bar and wouldn't be the least bit ashamed just getting the cheese soup and cinnamon rolls.  Hey, if it's good, it's good!  My grandma has been making this copycat version of the cheese soup for as long as I can remember and it is every bit as good.  In fact, I pulled this recipe from the family cookbook she and my aunt put together when I was still a relatively small kid.



     There is so much yummy goodness in this soup.  There are plenty of veggies, potatoes, noodles and of course a creamy cheesy delicious base.  It is like a big old comforting hug on a cold day.  Plus it comes together super quickly.  It is a great soup to make in a large slow cooker as well.  Just be careful to watch it once it is all melted as the edges can scorch a bit if you aren't careful.



     This cheese soup has graced many a get together in my family.  In fact it has graced grandma's table on Christmas as well as been a hit at many a "souper bowl" party.  It is good enough to be served to company and easy enough to make on a random cold Monday night.  So please, please, try this soup.  It is like taking a taste of my hometown home with you.



Copycat Kelly's Cheese Soup
serves about 12

Ingredients:

6 cups chicken stock
2 1/2 cups diced potatoes
1 small onion, diced
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 12oz bag frozen California mix vegetables
1 can sliced mushrooms
6 oz macaroni noodles, cooked and drained
2 lb Velveeta, cubed


  1. In a large soup pot, bring chicken stock, potatoes and onion to a boil.  Boil for about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the frozen vegetables, mushrooms and cream of chicken soup and continue to cook until vegetables are tender. 
  3. Stir in cooked noodles and cubes of cheese.  Stir until cheese is melted and soup is creamy.


#SoupWeek

Welcome to the #SoupWeek, hosted by Palatable Pastime. This week is all about delicious and warming soups. Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on FaceBook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram using the hashtag #SoupWeek. We also have a #SoupWeek Pinterest Board where you can see all of the offerings in one easy to access spot! What a great way to stay warm in cold weather!

Monday




29 comments:

  1. Oh how I LOVE soup, just warms the soul and this recipe looks incredibly delicious and going in my recipe book right now...print!!! Yum!! Happy New Year beautiful Carlee, I hope it is awesome for you!!

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    1. I love soup too, Andrea! My husband doesn't like it so much, so I have to meter my soup making during the winter... otherwise that's all we'd have when it's cold out! Thanks, Andrea and here's to a great 2017!

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  2. Oh my, I love a good cheese soup. One of my favorite types of soup! This one looks like it would be no exception! 😁

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    1. I love pretty much any kind of soup, but this is one of those that always puts a smile on my face. It tastes like home.... warm, cheesy, delicious home!

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  3. This sounds warm and cozy! It is simple too. Thanks for a warm start to 2017, Carlee.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda! It really is like a warm cheesy hug!

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  4. oooh.. This will be a must try! Sounds so comforting! YUM!

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    1. It really is! It is one of our all time favorites!

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  5. This sounds like an amazing bowl of warm comfort. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Looks delish! I've never had cheese soup with noodles but it must be like eating the best cheese soup combined with the best macaroni and cheese! Looks like pure comfort to me!

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    1. You have to try it! It is the most comforting and delicious soup you've ever had! (really, it is!) Thanks, Mollie!

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  7. This looks amazing. Even though I am on a diet right now, I will make this on my cheat days!

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    1. It would be a great cheat day meal! There are still veggies, but it is definitely decadent and delicious.

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  8. Hi Carlee, Sounds really interesting, especially with the noodles in it! I'll have to try this soon! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Blessings, Janet

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    1. It is soooooo good! It is one of my favorite soups of all time. I hope you give it a try and love it!

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  9. I would love you to share this at Smell Good Sunday!
    https://jaytriedandtrue.blogspot.com/2017/01/smell-good-sunday-1.html

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    1. Mine too! Just thinking about this makes me want to make something cheesy!

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  11. Hi Carlee, I've add cheese to soups and even make a cauliflower cheese soup, but would never have thought to make a cheese based soup. I have to ask what Velveet is? And would chicken stock replace the canned chicken as tinned soups are not a thing here?

    Love soups, so following the Pinterest board is a must!

    xx

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    1. We love cheese soup. There are a lot of recipes for broccoli cheese soup out there, but I don't know of many recipes that include the macaroni too.

      Chicken stock is basically just broth. You can make your own, use water and bullion or it is easy to come by either in a can or a carton here in the States. I wonder if they don't sell something similar there?

      I am almost embarrassed to say what Velveeta is. It is a huge block (usually sold 2 pounds at a time) of American cheese. It melts like a dream but is certainly a highly processed version of cheese.

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  12. With the temperatures we've been having, I need to get a big ol' pot of this soup going! This will warm our bellies :)

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    1. This has been one of my all-time favorites my whole life (or at least for as long as I can remember!) I hope you love it!

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  13. This looks so good! And filling. Just what we want for dinner in the winter. Something that warms us up and sticks to our bones! LOL I love that this has lots of veggies, potatoes and noodles. Add some of your homemade bread, on the side, and this would be a divine end to a cold day!

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    1. This is definitely one of our long time favorite soups. It is so good and creamy and yummy. Now you are making me want to make another pot, a loaf of bread and just stay in my jammies and be cozy all day! ;-)

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  14. We would love this soup, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, Miz Helen! It is a long time favorite for us!

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  15. This soup looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week!

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