This has been one of my favorites for years. I made it for my inlaws when my husband and I were dating. It was such a hit, I knew I was "in" when his grandmother asked me if she could share some with her friends at Bingo.
This is my mother's soup, it is so easy and unbelievably delicious. I made it at the last minute for my New Year's Eve guests and I received raves. It is convinient as the vegetables can be made ahead of time and reheated with the soup with the cream/half & half with the cheese at the last minute. I use less cheese, use at your discretion!