This recipe is based on a soup that used to be served at the Alexis Hotel cafe in Seattle. It quickly became a family favorite. The combination of pears, potatoes and cheddar cheese is just divine and perfect to welcome the fall season! —BlueKaleRoad
What You'll Need
medium ripe pears, cored and cut into small pieces
medium Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into small pieces
ribs of celery, diced
yellow onion, diced
dry white wine (or use extra broth)
cheddar cheese, grated
heavy cream or half and half
Salt to taste
Croutons for serving (optional, I made some with whole grain raisin bread and they paired nicely)
In a soup pot (I use an 8 quart size), melt the butter and saute the pears, potatoes, celery, onion and thyme until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add the wine and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Slowly mix in the grated cheese, cream and salt to taste. Stir until smooth and cheese is melted. If soup is too thick, add a little more broth. Heat until warm but do not boil.
Ladle soup into cups, garnish with croutons if using, sip and enjoy!