You are here: Home » Recipes » Cheddar Cheese Soup Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe by American Profile Yield 8 servings A creamy soup made with ham and vegetables PrintEmail Ingredients 5 tablespoons butter2 medium carrots2 ribs celery, finely chopped1/2 cup finely chopped cooked ham1/2 cup all-purpose flour2 tablespoons starch4 cups chicken broth4 cups whole milk1/2 teaspoon dry mustard1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper1 to 1 1/2 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, grated salt and pepper to taste1 3 ounce can chopped mushrooms, drained (optional)1/2 cup finely chopped onion1/2 green pepper, finely chopped Instructions Melt butter in a large stockpot; add carrots, celery, onion and green pepper. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes until vegetables are crisp-tender but not brown. Stir in ham. Add flour and cornstarch, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Add broth and cook, stirring constantly until soup thickens slightly. Add milk, mustard, paprika, cayenne, cheese, salt, pepper, and mushrooms if using, still stirring, until soup is heated through and thick. Do not boil. Recipe by Diane Hampton, Gaylord, Mich.