applesoup1Other soup posts: French Onion with Braised Short Ribs.

So here’s soup recipe #2 this week. Every word in this recipe title does it for me. This is another Food Network recipe (I really have been cooking a lot of their stuff this year), and it’s basically a potato soup with apples blended in. But it also works on the great pearl of wisdom that apples and cheddar are a match made in heaven. It is so deliciously autumnal, and very easy to make. Ultimate weeknight stuff.

3 slices bacon
1 small onion, chopped
2 medium apples, peeled and chopped
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
2 slices rye bread, toasted
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
Chopped fresh chives, for topping

Cook the bacon in a large pot over medium heat until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to drain; let cool slightly, then roughly chop.

applesoup2 Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings from the pot.

Increase the heat under the pot to medium high. Add the onion, apples and potato and cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are soft, about 8 minutes.

applesoup3Add the chicken broth, apple juice, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste.

applesoup4Bring to a simmer and cook until the potato is soft, 10 to 12 minutes.

applesoup5Stir in all but 2 tablespoons of the cheddar until melted.


applesoup7Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender and puree. Return to the pot and season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Spread the bread with the mustard and sprinkle with the reserved 2 tablespoons cheese.


applesoup9Broil until the cheese melts, about 30 seconds, then cut into 1-inch squares.

applesoup11Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the bacon, chives, cheese croutons and more pepper.