Vermont Cheddar Soup

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Ingredients

3 quarts water 
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 oz. flour 5 oz.butter
1 cup heavy cream
2 bay leaves
1 lb. grated Cabot Sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup carrots, grated
1 cup celery, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups half & half
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
Salt & fresh ground pepper
Methods/steps

Blanch carrots and celery in boiling water. Drain well and set aside. Bring water to boil. Melt butter in heavy stockpot, add onions & garlic, soften. Add flour to butter & onion mixture. Stir to combine well, turn heat very low. Stirring occasionally, cook about 15 minutes. Add water 1/3 at a time. Stir with whisk until smooth. Season with thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, until smooth and creamy. Add grated cheese.

Boil water in separate saucepan, add celery and carrots, cook until just tender. Drain well. Add celery-carrot mixture to large stockpot. Add half & half and heavy cream. Stir well. Serve hot, but do not overheat.

Additional Tips
Please note that many of these recipes are for large quantities and may need to be adjusted to suit smaller serving sizes.

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