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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Vegetable Cheese Soup

The weather today has been totally pants . . . showers, rain, showers, rain . . . and even more rain!!! With a bit of rain in between the showers! In other words . . . horrid.

The one day this week that we had nothing to do and too blah to go anywhere . . . It's even thundering.

It's even a bit chilly! brrr . . .

Soup weather. Definitely soup weather.

It's a good thing I have a vegetable drawer that needs emptying.

Soup on a rainy day? It's a good thing.

*Vegetable and Cheese Soup*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

This is a delicious soup. You can easily make croutons by tossing bread cubes in oil and baking them for about 10 to 12 minutes in a hot oven, until crisp, topping with some cheese halfway through the baking time. Scrummy yummy!

1 ounce butter (1/8 cup)
1 TBS olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
2 sticks of celery chopped
1 pound 4 ounce of mixed root vegetables, peeled and chopped
(potatoes, swedes, parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes)
1 litre of Vegetable stock (4 cups)
5 ounces mature cheddar cheese, divided (see recipe)
(about 1 1/2 cups)
1 TBS wholegrain mustard
sea salt and black pepper to taste
cheesy croutons to serve

Heat the butter and oil together in a large pan. Add the onion and cook until golden. Add the other vegetables, give them a good stir to coat with the fat. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and cover. Sweat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until tender.

Pour the stock into the pan and bring to the boil. Cover and then simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are very tender. Using a stick blender, puree until smooth.

Grate half of the cheese and cut the other half into small cubes. Return the soup to the heat and stir in most of the grated cheese and all of the cubes, along with the mustard. Heat stirring until the cheese begins to melt. Taste and adjust seasoning as required.

Ladle into heated bowls and top with the cheesy croutons and the rest of the cheese to serve.


  1. Oh Marie. This looks heavenly! Vegetables and cheese- an Italian's dream!
    xoxo Pattie

  2. Hi Marie! Another yummy delicious recipe! Thank you! xo Paulette

  3. Oh! WHat a delicious-looking, comfort-making soup, Marie! Sorry your day was so yucky--we were very gray here today--no rain, though!

    Hope tomorrow is much better...but that soup would make any day wonderful!

    Much love sent your way, my dear friend!


  4. Yep - its been soup weather here too. This one looks very nice, just the thing for sticking to your bones and warming you from the inside out.

  5. Oh, this soup looks very comforting & good, Marie! We've had slightly lower temps & rain here mid week, so soup sounds good! LOVE those Cornish-style striped bowls you have served the soup in. Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YOU HEAPS!! ((BIG HUGS)) OXOX

  6. Sorry about all that rain, send some over here to San Diego! It only rains like 5 times per year. Soup looks great

  7. Believe it or not, it is the first day of summer holidays for my kids and we are having the SAME kind of weather! Mr. P has a few business dinners out, coming up....I see a soup dinner on the horizon for me and the kids! Here's to soup and to sunny weather, ahead!! xx Suzanne

  8. It's too warm in Ontario for soup right now even though we are having some much needed rain. I make a similar soup but have never thought of the cheese which in the fall when it is cooler I will do. Cheese is SO expensive in Canada and nobody seems to know why. Double the price to UK. When in UK we ate cheese almost everyday!

  9. Oh marie that looks fabulous! I love a good soup :)

  10. It is soup weather here in Australia too, so this recipe will come in very handy! Thank you for sharing it.

    Best wishes for a lovely weekend,


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