Easy Cheesy Soup with Smoked Paprika

Hot, cheesy veggie soup is a satisfying and simple meal any night of the week.


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 ribs celery with leafy tops, finely chopped
  • 1 red chili pepper, seeded and very finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 rounded tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 rounded tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Warm toasted crusty bread, for dipping


In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium-heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, chili pepper and garlic; season with salt, pepper, paprika and bay. Partially cover the pan and soften the veggies, 7-8 minutes.

Stir in the flour, cook for a minute or so, then whisk in the milk and stock. Bring to a bubble and thicken to a thin-sauce consistency. Stir in the cheese and simmer, partially covered, 15-20 minutes. Stir in the parsley, adjust the seasonings and serve garnished with scallions and crusty bread alongside for dipping.

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