Hearty Cheese Soup by Panera Bread

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Total Time
15 mins
30 mins

A cold winter day and soup in my belly. There is no better combination.

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  1. In a large stockpot, melt butter or margarine.
  2. Add chopped veggies and ham or bacon and cook over medium heat until veggies are slightly tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in flour and cornstarch. Cook, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add broth and continue stirring until slightly thickened.
  5. Add milk and spices.
  6. Add cheese gradually, stirring until cheese is melted. To avoid curdling, do not allow soup to boil after cheese is added.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve, piping hot in a hollowed Sourdough bread bowl.