National Soup Month

January is National Soup Month, and what better way to celebrate than with delicious, seasonal soups? Check out Seward Co-op's favorite soup recipes on WCCO and chili recipes on Kare11.

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Old Fashioned Corn and Potato Chowder

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2 1⁄2 cups cooked corn (canned is fine)
2 cups diced potatoes
1 Tbsp. butter
1⁄4 cup onion, diced
1⁄2 tsp. salt
1⁄8 tsp. pepper
1 1⁄2 cups boiling water
2 cups hot milk
1 Tbsp. flour, mixed with 1 Tbsp. water

Combine all of the ingredients except milk, flour and water in a large pot. Cook until potatoes are fork tender and onions are translucent. Add milk and flour/water, stirring well. Then, bring to a boil and allow to cook for 10 minutes. Serve with chopped green onion and shredded cheese as a garnish. serves 4-6.

Recipe Adapted from www.food.com

Vegetable Beef Stew

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2 Tbsp. olive oil
1.5 lbs. sirloin steak or beef stew meat, cut into about 1" cubes
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 lb. potatoes
8 cups beef stock
2 bay leaves
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt, or more/less to taste
1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper

In a large stockpot, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Brown the steak, stirring frequently, until well browned, about 2 minutes. Remove the steak and transfer to a separate plate. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pot. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, celery and potatoes, and continue sauteing for another 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients along with the cooked steak to the pot, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover pot, and simmer for at least 20-30 minutes, or until the steak and vegetables are all tender. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Remove the bay leaves when ready to serve. Serve the soup warm, garnished with chopped fresh parsley if desired. Serves 6-8.

Recipe adapted from www.gimmesomeoven.com

Broccoli Cheese Soup

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3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups chopped broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
1 small white onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1 (15 oz.) can evaporated milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
plus a few generous pinches of salt and black pepper

Stir together stock, diced onion and broccoli in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender. Stir in the evaporated milk and continue cooking for 3 minutes or until the mixture returns to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 2-4

Recipe adapted from www.gimmesomeoven.com