Potato Onion and Cheddar Soup


Potato Onion and Cheddar Soup: A Tale of Two Soups

I was excited about sharing my ‘Blue Cheese Soup’ recipe last week, but disappointed to learn how many of my friends don’t like blue cheese. I have always known that these kind of people existed, but I just never wanted to think that it might be anyone I knew! I am not the type to judge others however, and I respect others preferences as long as they don’t wave it in my face. One of things I like about the blue cheese soup recipe is how adaptable it is. So this weekend I reinterpreted it into something entirely different with only a couple changes to the original. It is still as easy to make and every bit as good, if not better! I dare any of you “blue-cheeseaphobes” to take issue with this one!

Potato Onion and Cheddar Soup

Potato Onion and Cheddar Soup


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 1/2 cups half and half

  • Salt and pepper
8 ounces sharp cheddar
  • Garnish with any or all of the following:
  • Crisp cooked Applewood smoked bacon, crumbled
Sour cream

  • Green onions or chives

  • Siracha sauce

  • Jalapeño ‘Nacho’ slices


In a large non-reactive pot, melt butter and sauté onions and garlic until soft; do not let them brown! Add potatoes and garlic, stir to coat with butter and cook about 4 minutes. Add stock to cover, lower heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool a bit.  Blend smooth with a hand blender, or transfer to a blender and   process until smooth.  Return it to the pot if you are using a blender. Stir in the cream and cheese. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the reserved cheese.


3 thoughts on “Potato Onion and Cheddar Soup

  1. Mary Blake says:

    omg this looks so good

  2. Karen Morss says:

    What I love about this soup is the technique. I adore blue cheese but didn’t have any so I used chèvre. It was wonderful! I picked up some maytag and will make again. Great to have in your cookbook!

    1. Tim says:

      I love chèvre, I bet that turned out good. I think I will try that next time!

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