Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cheddar Soup

We decided to do one of the soups Matt had marked in Soup's On!for dinner this week. This one sounded like a good, thick cheesy soup for a cold winter's night.
Cheddar Soup
It was a snap to put together. Choose a good cheese for this as that will give you most of your favor. We added twice the Worcestershire than called for as we felt it needed a touch more of that flavor, your cheese may not so perhaps start with less & add more if needed. The recipe said you could chose to blend or not blend your soup. We decided to blend it to make it thicker but not all the way to leave it with some texture. We both thought this was a good decision as we loved the finished texture.

We made some homemade croutons to go on the soup & really felt like they added a lot to it. Next time we are thinking of adding some blanched broccoli to turn it into a broccoli & cheese soup.

Cheddar Soup
(from Soup's On!)

2 T unsalted butter
3 scallions, chopped
2 stalked celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
2 T all-purpose flour
2 1/2 c low sodium chicken  or vegetable broth
1 medium russet potato, peeled & diced
1/2 c half & half
4 oz white cheddar, aged but not super sharp
1/2 t Tabasco sauce
1/2 -1 t Worcestershire sauce

In a soup pot melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the scallions, celery & carrots. Cook about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with flour & stir while cooking for 3 minutes. Slowly add the broth while stirring. Add the potato & bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer & let cook for 20 - 30 minutes, until the potato is tender. Blend the soup to desired consistency. Whisk in the milk, cheese, Tabasco & Worcestershire. Serve immediately.

2 servings.


Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Yummy for a cold night.

Thistlemoon said...

mmmmm, Kat and Matt, that sounds so freaking good! I so wanna come to your house for dinner!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Cheddar soups works well to fend off winters cold blasts:D

Anonymous said...

I think my temperature rose about 10 degrees just from your picture. I'm not a huge fan of cream or dairy based soups, but I'm willing to make an exception!

Anonymous said...

This sounds fabulous, and perfect for some broccoli. The homemade croutons look great.

Deborah said...

This would be a wonderful, comforting soup.

KariH said...

This looks delightful. I recently picked up Artisan Bread 5 min/day and the first thing I want to make is bread bowls as a vehicle for this yummy soup!
Thanks for all your deliciously inspiring posts!

Donna-FFW said...

Sounds like an awesome and easy to prepare soup. It looks so nicetoo, I love your picture, so comforting.

Lori said...

Oh that soup sounds so gratifying!

clove said...

I've only made veggie stews before, but I'm going to try my hand at this tomorrow for dinner.

Thanks for the ideas.

Sharon said...

My husband has been begging me to make him cheese soup. This looks like a tasty bet!

grace said...

i avoid cheddar cheese like the plague, have i mentioned that before? yet for some inexplicable reason, i adore white cheddar. awesome soup, plain and simple.

Peter M said...

Sounds easy enough, looks appetizing and sounds delish...I'm in!

kat said...

Thanks everyone! I hope if you male this you enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

Cheddar soup sounds amazing.

Adding broccoli sounds like a great variation.

Alicia Foodycat said...

That looks so good! Perfect for a cold night.

Temperance said...

good lord your evil, now I want cheesey soup.

Unknown said...

What's your recipe for the croutons?

kat said...

Lively_Linds - for the croutons we just cube some hearty bread & saute it in a little olive oil, salt & pepper until brown & crusty on all sides, the best!

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