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St. Louis Bread Company Hearty Cheese
Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls


  • 5 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked ham or bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 6 sourdough bread bowls


  1. In a large, heavy stockpot, melt butter or margarine. Add chopped vegetables and ham or bacon and cook over medium heat until vegetables are slightly tender... about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in flour and cornstarch. Cook, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add broth and continue stirring until slightly thickened.
  4. Add milk and spices.
  5. Add cheese gradually, stirring until cheese is melted. To avoid curdling, do not allow soup to boil after cheese is added.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve piping hot in hollowed sourdough bread bowls.

Yield: 6

Source: St. Louis Bread Company

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