Pierogi Soup

1 (15 ounce) box frozen pierogies, potato, cheese and jalapeno filling, thawed partially

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped cabbage, packed

3 1/2 cups chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1 cup low-fat milk

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Partially thaw the pierogies enough to cut through.

Cut each pierogie lengthwise, then 2-3 times crosswise, so each will be cut into 6 or 8 pieces. Don't worry if they rip or fall apart.

In a soup pot, melt the butter. Add the chopped onion and cabbage; sauté for 5-7 minutes or until onions are translucent. Do not brown.

Add the cut up pierogies and chicken broth.

Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika.6Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and gently simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the milk and cheese. Cook and stir over low heat until heated through and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.