a double recipe of this: http://www.grouprecipes.com/70195/make-it-yourself--condensed-cream-of-soups.html using 2 stalks celery(I didn't finely chop them, rather just regular chopped them, for this, to keep their texture) and 1 medium onion
another 1/4 cupish of stock
dash of hot sauce
8oz cheddar or Colby cheese, shredded
1 cup french fried onions
kosher or sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
How to make it
Prepare http://www.grouprecipes.com/70195/make-it-yourself--condensed-cream-of-soups.html per directions, using larger pieces of veggies, if desired, but still cooking until tender.
Add rest of stock, hot sauce and salt and pepper.
Add cheese and remove from heat.
Stir well to combine and melt cheese.
Add peas and stir to combine. The cold peas will kinda bind up the warm cheese mix, but that's okay...it will loosen as it cooks but this way, the peas shouldn't get over cooked and retain some of their crispness.
Pour into lightly sprayed round casserole dish or individual serving dishes.
Bake at 350 for about 1-15 minutes until warmed through.
Add onions and bake another 5 or so to slightly brown them.