A self-described soup aficionado, Joy Howard whipped up this comforting recipe as an alternative to a basic mushroom soup. The cream- and chicken-fortified result, chock-full of potatoes and carrots, was a hit with both her co-workers and her daughter.
In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper and mix until smooth. Gradually add the broth, then turn the heat up to medium-high and bring the soup to a boil. Add the mushrooms, celery, carrots, potatoes, squash, corn, and thyme. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
Add the cream, Parmesan, and chicken. Heat the soup for an additional 10 minutes, but do not let it boil.
To serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and sprinkle it with more Parmesan, if desired. Makes about 15 cups.
Per serving (1 cup): Calories 226 • Total Fat 14 g • Saturated Fat 8g • Cholesterol 59 mg • Sodium 845 mg • Total Carbohydrate 14 g • Fiber 2g • Sugars 3g • Protein 12 g