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Cheddar Rice Soup with Leeks

Cheddar Rice Soup with Leeks

This cheddar rice soup with leeks is so creamy, cheesy, and so comforting. It's a perfect cold day recipe!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 358kcal


  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 3 small leeks white and light green parts only
  • 4 carrots peeled and small-diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter optional
  • cup white rice
  • 6 cups water or vegetable stock
  • A few splashes of heavy cream optional
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar freshly grated; plus more for serving
  • Minced chives optional, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the leeks:

  • Remove the tough leafy greens from the leeks and discard. Trim off and discard the roots of the leeks. Slice the bodies of the leek in half lengthwise and rinse under cold water. Peel back the layers to scrub out all of the dirt. Once clean, slice the leeks into thin slices crosswise. You may wish to rinse the slices under cold water again to ensure any grit and dirt have been removed.

Sauté the leeks:

  • Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the leek slices and cook for 5–6 minutes until just beginning to soften.

Cook the carrots:

  • Add the carrots and cook for 5–6 minutes more. Season with salt.

Toast the rice:

  • If using, melt the butter into the pot and add the rice. Cook the rice in the melted butter, tossing to coat, for 1–2 minutes until it toasts slightly.

Simmer the soup:

  • Pour in the stock or water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20–30 minutes or until the rice is very tender and has absorbed most of the liquid. Taste and season once more with salt and pepper.

Finish the soup:

  • Stir in the heavy cream and cheddar cheese. Simmer an additional 5–10 minutes.

To serve:

  • Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with minced chives and more grated cheddar, if you like. Enjoy!


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Sodium: 272mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 4mg
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