Announcement: It turns out that "Sophie" is the most popular Grandma name for reader submissions at The Soup. If your Grandma was named Sophie, then please raid her recipe box and send in her soup recipes so you can be part of the trend. Reader Don K. writes in to share his Grandma Sophie's recipe:
Dear Soup Lady,
I'm enjoying your soup site. Here's a soup recipe that's been in our family since the 1960's and always keeps popping up. It's a couple generations down the line now and everyone still seems to really love it and it couldn't be simpler to make. It goes really well at brunches, etc. or just anytime. It's also a "pretty" soup to serve. My kids think of it as an old family recipe, yet I can remember Grandma Sophie (I have one too!) being excited over this recipe when she found it, probably in some newspaper or magazine. Anyway, enjoy! NOTE: There is no milk in this dish. Don K.
GRANDMA SOPHIE'S POTATO CHEESE SOUP
5 thinly sliced potatoes
3 shredded carrots
1 lg minced onion
½ box frozen peas
½ lb Velveeta, chunked
salt, pepper, & garlic powder (to taste)
Place potatoes, carrots & onion into a pot, cover generously with water and boil until carrots are done. Add peas, and continue to boil until peas are cooked. Reduce heat to simmer, add cheese. (Do not boil after cheese is added.) Add salt, pepper to taste. Add just a hint of garlic powder. Serve hot.
If you are wondering if there is milk in Velveeta cheese, then you must read this article from Chemical & Engineering News where Steve Ritter studies Title 21 Part 133 of the FDA's U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and clarifies it for us:
"For the record, Velveeta is pasteurized process cheese spread and Velveeta Light is pasteurized process cheese product. Cheez Whiz is labeled as pasteurized process cheese sauce, although that type isn't noted in the Code of Federal Regulations. "
Now you know.