A delicious and easy-to-make creamy vegetable soup packed with veggies and healthy ingredients.
In a large pot over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the diced carrots, celery and onion and saute 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds more.
Stir in the chopped potatoes, Italian seasoning, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and cook 15-20 minutes or until the veggies are crisp tender. Stir in broccoli and corn and cook 2-3 minutes longer or until veggies are tender and warmed through.
Meanwhile, melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook, whisking constantly 1 minute. While whisking vigorously, slowly pour in milk (whisk well until smooth).
Cook stirring constantly until mixture begins to gently boil and thicken and then stir in the heavy cream. Remove from heat and once all veggies are tender pour the milk/cream mixture into the vegetable soup and stir. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Lower heat to low and stir in the shredded cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Serve warm with freshly chopped parsley or thyme and bread!