Creamy Potato Soup loaded with vegetables and cheese. Spices added for flavor. Can be eaten for lunch, dinner or an first course item. I paired it with Flatbread which complimented it well. Garnishes can include more cheese, fresh basil or chopped jalapeno peppers.
Add oil to Dutch oven and saute the first 4 ingredients for 5-8 mins., then add the remaining ingredients and continue to saute for 5 more mins. Then add water. Cook on high for 5 mins. (stirring constantly) and then turn on low; simmer covered for 15 mins. until vegetables are more softened.
Add butter to saucepan and when melted add flour. Stir butter and flour constantly until foamy for about 5-8 mins. at med-high heat; watch not to burn. Slowly pour milk into butter, flour mixture and continue to stir until it thickens; when at desired consistency, remove from heat; add cheese. Combine well. After vegetable have softened, slowly add roux to vegetables and continue to stir. Cook on high until bubbly and then turn to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are completely softened.