Sheepherder’s Hearty Soup

1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup diced onion
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
2 tbsp. flour
1 cup water
2/3 cup milk
Dash of bottled hot pepper sauce
3-1/3 cups, drained, cooked baby Limas
1 can (16 oz.) whole kernel corn
1 can (8 oz.) tomatoes, crushed
3/4 cup shredded Jack cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Sauté celery and onion in butter. Blend in flour. Add water and milk. Cook, stirring until thickened
and smooth. Add cooked beans, corn (with its liquid), tomatoes and cheese. Heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Season to taste with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Serve with wedges of sheepherder’s or sour dough bread.

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