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Cheddar Cheese Soup

Total Time
30 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
15 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
Cheese soup might sound off-limits, but simply substitute a few reduced-fat and fat-free ingredients for their full-fat counterparts.
Ingredients

olive oil

2 tsp

uncooked onion(s)

½ cup(s), yellow, chopped

all-purpose flour

3 Tbsp

fat free chicken broth

2 cup(s)

fat free skim milk

1½ cup(s)

low fat cheddar or colby cheese

7 oz, about 1 3/4 cups

table salt

tsp, or to taste

black pepper

tsp, or to taste

paprika

1 tsp

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; add onion and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add flour and stir to coat. Add chicken broth; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until soup thickens, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add milk and return to a boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Working in batches, puree soup in a blender until smooth; return puree to pan and reheat soup to boiling. Remove pan from heat and whisk in cheese; stir until melted (if cheese does not completely melt, cook over low heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly, until melted); season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Ladle 1 1/4 cups of soup into each of 4 bowls and sprinkle each with 1/4 teaspoon of paprika.

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