Cheddar Cheese Soup

Ready to upgrade your soup game? Try this easy Cheddar Cheese Soup recipe that will remind you of your favorite canned condensed version but with a homemade touch. It’s rich, creamy, and brimming with cheesy goodness.

This simple recipe uses everyday ingredients and is quick to whip up. It’s versatile enough to be used as a delicious base for other recipes. No more canned soups, it’s time to go homemade with Cheddar Cheese Soup.

Homemade cheddar cheese soup in two soup crocks.

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Homemade Cheddar Cheese Soup

Homemade cheddar cheese soup is nothing short of fantastic. So, don’t miss out on this delicious soup – it’s easy to prepare and will warm your heart. In about 20 minutes, you can have the best bowl of cheesy soup you will ever eat!

What Is Cheddar Cheese Soup?

Cheese soup is prepared using cheese as a primary component and milk, broth, or stock as a basis. There are various kinds of cheese soup, and different ingredients are used in its preparation. Cheese soup forms a part of several cuisines around the world – American, Colombian, French, Mexican, Swiss, and Tibetan.

This version of cheese soup is made with cheddar, and this cheddar soup recipe is very easy to make. The soup is flavored with a broth made with fresh carrots, fresh celery, and fresh green onions and thickened with a simple roux.

Instead of adding shredded cheddar cheese, this recipe uses processed cheese spread which melts better. The cheese, in combination with a creamy roux, gives you a really creamy cheddar cheese soup. You can top the soup with shredded cheese when you are ready to serve.

Why You Should Try This Best Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe

You know this – sometimes, there is nothing better than a warm bowl of soup, especially if you need cheering up! Now, if you ever have a craving for condensed cheddar cheese soup, try this homemade version instead – it tastes so much better!

Mass-produced cheese soups tend to come with food additives for preservation and flavor enhancement. When you make soup at home, there’s no need to add chemically sounding additives – you have control and know exactly what goes into your soup.

This creamy cheese soup is delicious any time, but especially on a cold winter day! What’s more, your kids will love its creamy texture and cheesy flavor – and it’s easy to sneak in some extra veggies!

Cheddar Cheese Soup Ingredients

  • Processed cheese spread
  • Carrots 
  • Celery 
  • Green onion
  • White onion
  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk
  • Chicken broth
  • Mustard
  • Cayenne
  • Salt and black pepper
Cheddar cheese soup ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

If you want the soup to be extra thick you can add an additional 1/4 cup of flour to this recipe.

If you want an extra creamy soup, substitute milk with heavy cream.

How to Make Cheddar Cheese Soup

  1. Add the carrots, celery, and green onion to a pot of water on the stove-top and boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Sauté the onion in melted butter. Add the flour and blend well.
Vegetables in a flour roux in a saucepan.
  1. Bring the milk and broth to a boil and whisk into the flour mixture.
Milk and chicken broth in a saucepan.
  1. Stir in the cheese, salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  2. Stir in the mustard and cooked vegetables (with the water they were cooked in).
  3. Bring to a boil and serve immediately.

You can also use an immersion blender to puree the soup.

Two servings of homemade cheddar cheese soup.

Recipe Variations

This soup easily lends itself to additions such as cubed ham, potatoes, broccoli florets, crumbled bacon, and shredded chicken. It’s ideal for using up those leftovers hanging around in the fridge.

Vegetarian Cheddar Cheese Soup: Substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.

Vary the Cheese: Use a different kind of cheese spread such as boursin, port wine, smoky bacon, spicy beer, or smoked gouda.

How to Garnish the Soup

This soup is rich and flavorful and it is a perfect soup to garnish with a variety of toppings. You can garnish the soup with popcorn, rye chips, shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, or croutons.

How to Serve Cheddar Cheese Soup

This soup is perfect for a quick lunch paired with some crusty bread. Or try dipping soft pretzels. Here are some other ways to use this cheesy soup:

How to Store Leftover Cheddar Cheese Soup

This homemade cheddar cheese soup recipe is best enjoyed in one sitting. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

You can also freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

To reheat, simmer it low and slow on the stovetop, stirring frequently to help prevent any separating or uneven reheating. You may need to add a little broth or milk if your soup is too thick. Start with a tablespoon and go from there. You can also microwave the soup for 1 or 2 minutes, or until heated through.

Overhead view of homemade cheddar cheese soup in soup crocks and two spoons.

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Homemade cheddar cheese soup in two soup crocks.

Cheddar Cheese Soup

Homemade Cheddar Cheese Soup is a delicious and comforting meal.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Soup Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 359kcal


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 15 ounces cheddar pasteurized processed cheese spread
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard


  • Place the water, carrots, celery, and green onions in a medium pot over high heat. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes over high heat. Set aside, but do not drain.
  • Melt the butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 1 minute. Then add the flour and stir.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the milk and broth to boil.
  • Whisk the broth mixture into the flour mixture. Then add the rest of the ingredients, as well as the boiled vegetables and the water in which they were cooked. Bring to a boil and serve immediately.


Kraft Old English Cheddar Cheese Spread is the best cheese spread for this soup.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1488mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1960IU | Vitamin C: 12.7mg | Calcium: 358mg | Iron: 0.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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