Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tell me the answer

What do you think of when you think of cheese soup? Probably something creamy and thick. This is not the cheese soup you think of, but I think it must be a lot healthier because of the lack of cream/thickness.

Today was an excellent day. Thatboy and I learned all about trepanation (Do not click this link if you have a weak stomach). I got a great opportunity AND found out that a Red Mango has opened in my neighborhood shopping center.

The weather is cold and rainy, and these soups are just the perfect way to end the day. Because this is a broth based soup, it doesn't leave you with that heavy feeling, and the crazy color is actually due to paprika and not the cheese (I used a gorgeous white English cheddar).

Cheese Soup (From The Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp paprika
  1. Melt the butter in a pot, add the onion, and cook slowly until limp.
  2. Stir in the flour and continue to cook for 3 minutes, stirring.
  3. Slowly add the seasoned stock and milk, and heat to the boiling point, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in the cheese and paprika and whisk until the cheese has melted and the soup is very hot.


  1. Yum! Cheese soup sounds great! :)

  2. I'm not sure what I was expecting from that Trepanation link, but that wasn't it! That's kind of cool, in a really unpleasant-sounding way.

  3. Cheese soup!!!What is not to like?

  4. I could go for a nice warm bowl of this soup right now...

  5. I think all of these soups, which are pretty darn simple (as in not too many ingredients) are so good because they use beef stock, something that we have gotten away from. SO much more flavor than chicken stock.

    Now I want some of this soup.

  6. Ooooh I could use some hot soup right now. It's snowing outside!

  7. All your soups this week are great but I must say this one seems so comforting to me right now. Will book mark and try this one soon!

  8. Have you tried to freeze this soup? If so, how did was it after thawing?

  9. Cheese soup sounds good to me. I'm curious as to your new opportunity and why you learned about trepanation.

  10. what a pretty soup. that sounds so weird, but it is :)

  11. Yum! I just made potato leak soup last night :) This soup looks delish!

  12. I don't think I need my head examined to love this soup. What's not to love:D

  13. I hope this soup has nothing to do with trepanation, other than experience with both occurred on the same day.

    Your devotion to this cookbook is motivating me to really make a go for it on my new fish cookbook. Well...within reason - it's more than 400 pages long.

  14. We made this today for lunch. Yum! We made a couple of changes (used some smoked paprika for some heat) and added leftover beef and chicken from dinners this past week. Filling and tasty!!