English Country Cheddar Soup Print Email

1/4 cup butter or chicken fat
1/2 cup flour
27 ounces chicken broth
2 carrots, peeled and cut into julienne strips
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped leeks
1 cup white wine
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups good quality grated sharp cheddar cheese
cayenne pepper to taste
salt to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
chopped chives, for garnish

In heavy-bottomed pot, heat chicken fat or butter until melted, then add onion and leek. Sweat until tender, then sprinkle in flour and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then whisk in broth and wine until smooth. Add carrots, then bring to a boil and simmer 15-20 minutes, until soup thickens.

Remove from heat and stir in cheddar, Worcestershire, cayenne, and salt. Stir in cream. Heat until just hot, taking care not to boil, which could break the soup. Serve with chives for garnish.