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I first made this wonderful soup in Jan. 2004 for my business's wine and cheese party. It was a smash hit! Over the years I've lost it and just found it again. It was published by Cooking Light Magazine in Nov. 2000. I've made a couple of changes for personal preference. Simply yummy!
- pumpernickel bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 1 carrot, peeled and quartered
- 1 celery, quartered
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 32 ounces chicken broth, divided
- 3 cups milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place bread cubes on jelly-roll type pan and bake for 15 minutes until toasted.
- While croutons bake, combine onion, carrot, and celery in the food processor and pulse until chopped.
- Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add vegetables, saute' 5 minutes or until tender.
- Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with knife. Gradually add half of broth to flour in a bowl stir well with wire whisk.
- Add flour / broth mixture to pan. Stir in remaining half of broth; bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 10 minutes or until thick.
- Stir in milk, salt, paprika, and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir until cheese melts.
- Ladle soup into bowls and top with toasted pumpernickel croutons.