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Houston’s Canadian Cheese Soup Recipe

by jughandle
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Houston’s Canadian Cheese Soup – If you are as old as I am you might remember when Houston’s restaurants came to Atlanta.  They started in Nashville.  My brother worked there for a while and was able to get me the recipe for their amazing cheese soup.  I don’t know if they even serve the soup anymore but it is incredible.

This rich, hearty soup can be a meal in itself with a nice French or Italian bread.  It is my go to comfort food on a cold winter day.

When my brother got the recipe it was 5 gal sized.  I have reduced it to a more manageable size.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. – jughandle


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Houston's Canadian Cheese Soup

My brother Jim used to work in the kitchen at Houston's and he gave us the ingredients for this recipe. We had to figure out the quantities because he had to make it 5 gals at a time.
Course Soup, Starter
Cuisine Canadian
Keywords Houston's Cheese Soup
Protein Cheese
Cooking Method Stove Top
Hot/Cold Dish Hot
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author jughandle

What You Will Need:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 cup Carrots - 1/8 inch cubes
  • 1/4 Cup Flour - all purpose
  • 1 Cup Onions - Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Celery - 1/8 inch cubes
  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth - low sodium
  • 3 Cups Half and Half
  • 2 lbs. Velveeta
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley
  • 12 ounces Beer - nothing dark or fruity The beer is optional.

Equipment Needed:

  • large stock pot


  • Melt butter in a Dutch oven.
  • Add the carrots, onions and celery all at once. And sauté until soft but not brown.
  • Add flour and stir to combine making a blond roux with the butter. Cook until mixture begins to turn a light-brown color.
  • Over medium high heat, add the chicken broth a little at a time so not to break the sauce.
  • Turn the heat down to med/low
  • Stir and continue to cook and stir with a whisk until a thick base is formed.
  • Add half and half being careful not to let boil.
  • Add cheese, stirring until melted.
  • Stir in a bottle of beer if you want. I usually do it just adds a little something
  • Garnish with diced tomatoes and jalapenos and parsley if desired. Or pico de gallo


 Cheese soup is a creamy and rich soup, this goes so well with a piece of toasted garlic bread.


Nutrition Facts
Houston's Canadian Cheese Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 420 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 1823mg79%
Potassium 559mg16%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 3717IU74%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 617mg62%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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