Simon Pearce Cheddar Soup

Simon Pearce Cheddar Soup

Posted by Suzi Curtis

Yum! It's that time of year. Grab your dog & coziest blanket and curl up by the fire to enjoy this amazing recipe for Cheddar Soup, from the one and only Simon Pearce. Don't forget a baguette!


  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 pound Sharp Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup minced celery
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups half & half
  • Optional: fresh thyme sprigs for garnish


  • Melt butter in heavy stockpot.
  • Add onions & garlic and cook 'til soft.
  • Add flour to butter and onion mixture, stirring to combine well.
  • Turn heat very low.
  • Stir occasionally, and cook 10-15 minutes.
  • Add chicken stock incrementally, stirring with whisk until smooth after each addition.
  • Add chopped thyme, bay leaves and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook over medium heat 5-10 minutes more until smooth and creamy, watching closely.
  • Stir in grated cheese.
  • In separate saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  • Add celery and carrots, cooking until just tender, about 1 minute.
  • Rinse with cold water and drain well.
  • Add celery and carrots to large stockpot.
  • Stir in half & half and heavy cream.
  • Stir soup well.
  • Optional: garnish with fresh thyme sprigs
  • Serve hot, but don't overheat or the soup will curdle.


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