Recipes

White Cheddar Cheese Soup

I was exploring Pinterest once again and came across this delicious recipe! I’ve never had soup in a bread bowl before. Defiantly something I needed to try out. The original recipe included jalapeños and some other spicy ingredients so I took those out. But I think the bacon and onion was just enough flavoring for me. Change it up as much as you’d like. I’d love to hear what you think of it!

PREP TIME: 15 minutes   |   COOK TIME: 1 hour   |   SERVINGS: 2-4

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/3 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 1/2 cups of white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper to tast
  • 2 (large) or 4 (small) bread bowls
  • chives and copped bacon, garnish
  • small handful fresh thyme sprigs

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a deep pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add celery, carrot, onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Cook until veggies become very tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Add flour, and let it cook for a few minutes. Stir continuously to avoid browning. The consistency of the veggies and flour together should feel similar to a vegetable “paste” as you stir it.
  3. Slowly add the bottle of beer, while still stirring continuously. Then, slowly whisk in the chicken stock. Add the bay leaf, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, and fresh thyme.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add milk and half and half, stir to blend everything together, then bring to a quick boil. Immediately turn back down to a simmer, and allow it to simmer for another ten minutes.
  6. Whisk in cheese, and check to be sure consistency is to your liking. Add more stock if it seems too thick.
  7. Strain entire contents into another large pot, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve in a bread bowls, garnish as you please, and enjoy!

I look forward to finding new recipes to try so if you have one, comment below 🙂

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