Canadian Cheese Soup Recipe
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Canadian Cheese Soup Recipe

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My family loves Canadian bacon, but I don't run across a lot of dishes that call for this pork product. Everyone was thrilled the first time I offered this succulent soup.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 ounces Canadian bacon, trimmed and diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One 1-cup serving (prepared with low-sodium chicken broth, margarine skim milk and low-fat cheese) equals 2 meat, 1 starch 1 vegetable; also 252 calories, 402 mg sodium, 33 mg cholesterol, 22 gm carbohydrate, 19 gm protein, 11 gm fat.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, combine the first five ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are very tender. With a potato masher, mash vegetables several times. Add bacon; continue to simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan; stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Add vegetable mixture, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; add cheese and pepper. Stir just until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Canadian Cheese Soup in Country Pork 1996, p33

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Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"when i first made this recipe from the magazine, i didn't know that Americans called peameal "Canadian bacon" so i just used regular bacon and it turned out very well! love how simple it is!"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"I had expected the Canadian bacon to really stand out in this soup. Instead it came off more as just sort of a ho-hum vegetable cheese soup...not bad but we didn't find it in any way exceptional."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"i would give it 5 stars,simple to make and tastes very good,simple and delicios i say."

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