Microwave Convection Cooking -

Cauliflower makes a tasty base for a cheesy soup like this one. Perfect with sandwiches or salad. The processed cheese helps keep it smooth and creamy while the natural veined cheese adds flavor. Leftovers will be good, too.


2 cups sliced or chopped fresh cauliflower
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon instant chicken bouillon
2 cups water
2 cups (1 pt.) half & half cream
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 oz. processed American cheese, cubed
1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Freshly ground pepper

1. Combine cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, butter, bouillon and water in 2-quart microwave-safe casserole. Cover tightly.

2. MICROWAVE (100%) 10 to 12 minutes or until cauliflower is tender, stirring once. Combine half & half with flour until smooth. Stir into hot vegetable mixture.

3. MICROWAVE (100%), uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes or until mixture boils, stirring twice. Stir in cheeses and pepper; cover. Let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is softened. Stir until cheese is blended.
About 5 Servings

TIPS · Mushrooms can be omitted, although they add a nice depth to the flavor.

>For a lower-fat soup, use milk instead of half & half.

>Crumbled blue cheese can be used for Gorgonzola.

>Two cups chicken broth can be substituted for instant bouillon and water.

Nutrition Info/Serving: 271 calories, 10 g protein, 13 g carbohydrate, 20 g fat, 57 g cholesterol, 547 g sodium, 1.5 g dietary fiber.

From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 


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