A Soup for Watching Football

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Like many husbands, mine will be watching football today.  He enjoys a having a hearty soup while watching the games.  I think he will like this one!

Chunky Sausage and Cheese Chowder

3 Tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3 Tablespoons flour
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
11 ounce can Mexicorn, drained
2-1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (about 10 ounces)
6 smoky-cheese sausages, cut into 1/4-inch slices
12 ounce can evaporated skim milk
Chopped parsley, for garnish

1.  Heat butter, carrots, celery, and onion in a large saucepan until bubbly; reduce heat and cover.  Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
2.  Stir flour into vegetable mixture.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly.  Stir in water, salt, celery salt, paprika, pepper, and corn.  Heat to a gentle boil.
3.  Stir cheese into chowder gradually.  Cook and stir constantly until cheese is just melted.  Stir in sausage and milk.  Heat until hot.  Sprinkle parsley over each serving.  Serves 6-8.

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