Smoky Cheddar, Leek and Bacon Soup
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Smoky Cheddar, Leek and Bacon Soup
Smoky Cheddar, Leek and Bacon Soup
4 strips thick cut bacon, divided
1 Large leek thinly sliced (white and pale green parts only)
2 cups baby portabella mushrooms diced
1/4 cup flour
1 (32- oz.) container Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock or reduced-sodium broth
2 cups cooked potatoes peeled and diced
7 oz. smoked Cheddar cheese, shredded (in our Deli)
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Snipped fresh chives
Prep time: 20 minutes, Cook time: 35 minutes

Cut bacon slices in half and cook until very crisp in a large saucepan; remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Crumble into pieces and set aside. Add leeks and mushrooms to pan; cook over medium heat for 5 minutes to lightly brown, stirring frequently. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes more. Slowly add stock, stirring constantly, until soup is slightly thickened. Add potatoes; simmer, covered, over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese a little at a time. Add half the crumbled bacon and season to taste with pepper. Cook over very low heat for 5 minutes more. Ladle into soup bowls, then top with remaining crumbled bacon and snipped fresh chives.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Wine Suggestion
Robert Hall Rhône de Robles - The silky fruit of this red blend (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Counoise) balances the smoky soup nicely. You could also try a soft Cab.
Nutritional Information:
(based on 5): 350 calories, 20 g protein, 19 g total fat (11 g sat., 0 g trans), 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 55 mg cholesterol, 860 mg sodium, 8 points