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Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe

Updated on November 26, 2009

Wait for a day cold enough to leave your cheeks stinging for a few moments after your return home. Take a look in the fridge and gaze over at that hunk of good old sharp cheddar cheese in the fridge door – and know you’ve got what you need for an exceptional, full meal, winter soup!

Cheddar cheese soup - The name says it all – it’s about as rich and hearty as soup can get and it’s a perfect meal for a winter’s day.

This is a recipe I like a lot; one I’ve modified slightly but got originally from the New Joy of Cooking, way back in the day. It’s not a soup I make all that often, but when I do, I always love it.

Cheddar Cheese Soup

  • ½ cup of butter
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of finely chopped onions, carrots and celery
  • 5 cups of chicken stock (homemade is best, but a low salt canned stock will work fine here as well)
  • 1 cup of table cream (half and half)
  • ½ pound plus a little bit more of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of dry mustard (I often just use 2 tsps of Dijon mustard instead)
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy sauce pan and when melted add in the diced vegetables. Cook stirring, over medium, until the vegetables are somewhat tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in your flour and stir it very well, until it has combined with the butter to form a completely mixed roux. Let the roux cook until slightly golden, about 2 minutes. (See the video below for more information on making a roux)
  3. Add in the chicken stock and bring it to a boil, stirring very often, to incorporate all the flour into the soup. Bring the heat down to a simmer and stirring often, cook it until it has thickened, about 20 minutes.
  4. Add in the cream, cheese, mustard and cayenne, and stir until the cheese has melted through. Do not let the soup boil after you’ve added the cheese, as it can get greasy if you do.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Serve with good bread and a green salad for a very hearty, winter meal.


Making a Roux


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    • John D Lee profile image

      John D Lee 8 years ago

      Hi Katherine,

      I'm so glad you had success with this recipe! Thanks very much for letting me know.

    • Katherine Baldwin profile image

      Katherine Baldwin 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi, John

      Just wanted you to know that this was a real hit at our house last night. I added diced potatoes that I had cooked in chicken broth in my rice cooker and it rivaled the best cheesy potato soup from any restaurant that I have had. Next time, I'm going to add steamed broccoli tips and shave some of the tips into the soup. Thanks so much. This will be a menu regular at our house.

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      John D Lee 8 years ago

      You are very welcome - hope you enjoy it!

    • Midasfx profile image

      Midasfx 8 years ago

      I will be making this very soon. I have not had a good bowl of this in a long time. Thanks for reminding me!