A spicy and delicious soup given to me by my mother. She got the recipe from a friend who grew up in Louisiana. To save effort, a bag of hash brown potatoes may be substituted for the shredded potatoes. You may also add some crumbled up bacon to the soup. Add more or less potatoes depending on your soup preferences. Also, add cornstarch if soup is not as thick as you desire it to be. Great served with bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the water, potatoes, processed cheese, onion, bouillon, parsley, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

281 calories; protein 13.1g 26% DV; carbohydrates 25.6g 8% DV; fat 14.4g 22% DV; cholesterol 45.1mg 15% DV; sodium 1562.5mg 63% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2011
I love making this recipe! I serve with garlic cheese bread. For some reason the recipe was not printed correctly... I boil the water and seasonings, then add the potatoes and allow to boil a few minutes before I add the processed cheese. Otherwise the cheese tends to burn and stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook on low once the cheese is added. I also wanted to note that the recipe says to use one block of cheese... If you purchase the regular sized block of Velveeta, then you actually only use 1/2 the block (1 lb) of cheese. They do have smaller 1 lb blocks of cheese you can buy as well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/20/2011
Made as written and I found it bland. I added after garlic powder hot sauce carrots celery corn chicken and some other spices. Thickend it up with some cornstarch. Read More
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30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2011
I love making this recipe! I serve with garlic cheese bread. For some reason the recipe was not printed correctly... I boil the water and seasonings, then add the potatoes and allow to boil a few minutes before I add the processed cheese. Otherwise the cheese tends to burn and stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook on low once the cheese is added. I also wanted to note that the recipe says to use one block of cheese... If you purchase the regular sized block of Velveeta, then you actually only use 1/2 the block (1 lb) of cheese. They do have smaller 1 lb blocks of cheese you can buy as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2009
Very tasty and easy-to-make comfort food. I used a 20 ounce bag of "Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns" as the shredded potatoes because I had some on hand that I needed to use. And since the soup now had a "southwestern" flavor going I eliminated the Cajun seasoning and instead just added a few shakes of Tabasco sauce and left everything else the same as the recipe called for. This was a hit with my family even my picky teenager who told me that the next time she has a sore throat she wants me to make this comforting soup for her--if not several times before then! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2011
I really liked this. I was surprised that it was as substantial as it was since it was made with water rather than milk. It is a very good base for additions to it which adds interest. Plus it's far lower in calories than other recipes I found and it's so easy to make! Thank you for posting. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2011
This was super easy super quick super GOOD! I have a few variations though. Do NOT add any additional salt the bouillon cubes and Velveeta cheese add more than enough! In fact the next time I make it I will use 3 cubes instead of 4. I bought 2% Milk Velveeta cheese. It's 1/3 less fat and adds a milk creaminess I like. If you add this kind Velveeta do NOT let your soup boil. It will curdle. If your soup isn't thick enough like mine wasn't add flour/water mixture and sour cream. Gave a great addl. flavor. I also used the hash brown shredded potatoes. perfect so much less work! You can add so many things to this soup I'm thinking broccoli would be a good addition too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2009
This was really tasty I loved the flavor I halved the recipe and made enough for about 4 people I think next time I may just cube the potatoes for more texture....I loved this something different without a lot of effort....Thanks Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/20/2011
Made as written and I found it bland. I added after garlic powder hot sauce carrots celery corn chicken and some other spices. Thickend it up with some cornstarch. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2010
Not great. Kind of bland. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/21/2011
My family did not like this at all. My favorite food is cheese but this was just way too cheesy for us and I only used 3/4 of a block of velveeta. The one thing we liked about it was the Cajun seasoning which made it edible enough to choke down. But 2 of us ended up with stomach aches from the cheese and we each only had half a bowl. I made this with a half a turkey sandwich for each person. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2010
Very yummy! I skipped the Cajun seasoning and added a couple herbs like oregano. I cubed the potatoes instead of shreding them then ran the cooked soup through the blender. I will make this again and again! Read More
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