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What's For Dinner? Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Leia Kedem is back with a creamy soup for dinner tonight.
Cheesy Broccoli Soup
Recipe from Iowa State Extension’s Spend Smart Eat Smart website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/recipes/cheesy-broccoli-soup
Serves: 4(3/4 cup per person)
Cost Per Serving: $1.60 for whole recipe / $0.40 per person
Ingredients:
•¼ cup water
•2 ½ cups frozen chopped broccoli
•3 tablespoons flour
•¼ teaspoon onion powder or garlic powder
•1/8 teaspoon black pepper
•3 tablespoons tub margarine
•2 cups nonfat (skim) milk
•4 slices American cheese (3 ounces)
•Optional: 6-8 drops hot pepper sauce

Instructions:
1.Heat water to boiling in 3-quart saucepan. Add broccoli. Cover and cook 1-2 minutes.
2.Pour broccoli onto a dinner plate or cutting board (water will have cooked away); set aside.
3.In a small bowl, combine flour, onion or garlic powder, and pepper.
4.Add margarine to saucepan and melt over medium heat. Add flour mixture and stir with whisk or fork until well mixed.
5.Gradually stir in milk, stirring constantly to keep sauce smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring or whisking a few times, until thick and bubbly, about 4-5 minutes. Meanwhile, cut broccoli into pieces.
6.Add broccoli to sauce and turn heat to low. Add cheese slices. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately. If desired, add hot sauce to taste.

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