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CHEESE SOUP

Updated on March 7, 2008

serve with a glass of beer !

2 tblsp. unsalted butter

1 cup small diced onion

1 cup small diced carrot

1 cup small diced celery

1/2 teas. salt for sweating vegies, plus more if needed at end of cooking

3 tblsp. all-purpose flour

1 quart chicken broth, heated to a simmer

1 tblsp. minced garlic

1 bay leaf

1 cup heavy cream

10 onces Fontina cheese shredded

1 teasp. Marsala wine (or what you have)

1 teasp. Worchestershire sauce

1/2 teasp. hot sauce

1/2 teasp. white pepper

Melt butter in large heavy- bottomed soup pot over medium heat. add onion, carrot,celery, and salt. sweat for 5 to 10 minutes or until the vegies begin to soften, stirring occasionally. sift the flour over the vegies and cook, stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes. Till flour isn't visable.

Gradually add the chicken stock and bring to boil, stirring constantly.

reduce heat to low and add the garlic and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegies are soft.

Remove bay leaf. turn ioff the heat, add the heavy cream, and then puree with an immersion blender or in a conventional blender. * Gradually add the cheese, 1 small handful at a time, and stir until melted before adding next handful. Stir in the Marsala, Worchestershire sauce, hot sauce and white pepper. Taste and add additional salt if desired. If soup is not hot enough, return to a low heat until warmed through.

If any left overs it is best to re-heat in a double boiler..so as not to get gritty.

*When blending hot liquids; Remove hot liquids from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high until smooth.

Yummy...Enjoy...G-Ma :o) hugs

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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Sandra well chose wine..but will have a glass just for you...G-Ma :o) hugs

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      No ones more welcome than you Kenny..and hope you really do try it.G0-Ma :o) hugs

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Will serve this with beer to my wife, and then will have to drink both myself. She isn't a beer or soup lover while I am both! That's the kind of people who marry, I have noticed.

      Will surely try this. It's a good idea to leave some soup behind to reheat after getting drunk, too!

      Thank you, G-Ma for soup and beer!

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      sandra rinck 

      10 years ago

      Thanks Momma J. Have a beer on me too.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thanks sweetie...I think I will go buy the ingredients today and give it a try..I could stand a beer tonight ? and the soup..it's friday and a rough behind me. Have a good one G-Ma :o) hugs

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      sandra rinck 

      10 years ago

      ummmm that sounds soooo goood. I wish I had all those ingredients handy right now cause I would be all over it.

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