Vermont Cheddar Cheese Soup w/ Sundried TomatoesFrom RABBIT HILL INN
— Yields 10 servings
1 cup diced onion
Melt butter in a soup pot. When hot, add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat. Sprinkle flour on top and stir constantly for another 5 minutes.
Add chicken stock, one cup at a time. Whip to incorporate each time. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
Strain soup through a mesh strainer into another soup pot, pushing through as much liquid and vegetable as possible. Place soup on a very low heat and add cheese, mustard, cream, sundried tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Do not return the soup to a boil.
Bacon, pancetta, or smoked chicken may be substituted for the sundried tomatoes if you prefer.
From the recipe files of: Russell Stannard, Executive Chef