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Vermont Cheddar Soup Recipe

Vermont Cheddar Soup Recipe

A deliciously rich, creamy, cheesy soup that will warm you from head to toe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 small leeks, light green and white part only, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 medium celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup half-and-half (or light cream)
  • 1/2 lb. Vermont sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 Pippin (or Macintosh) apple, peeled, cored and finely diced

Instructions

  1. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks, carrot and celery and sauté until tender or about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir for 3 minutes, making sure to cook the flour evenly.
  2. Add the chicken stock slowly, whisking to evenly combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  3. Puree the soup in a blender, food processor or with a handheld mixer. Strain into a clean saucepan. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the half-and-half, cheese, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until the cheese is melted. Season to taste with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
  5. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a small skillet. Sautee the apple pieces until they start to turn brown, about 3 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each serving with a sprinkling of the sauteed apple.

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