Jalapeño Cheddar Mashed Potato Soup

Jalapeño Cheddar Mashed Potato Soup
For a few years now, I have been fortunate enough to be on the Cabot Cheese Board. A couple of times a year, I receive these boxes, generously filled with delicious Cabot Cheese. And not just the cheese, there is typically a theme to each box depending on what the season is. This particular tasty box arrived towards the end of winter filled with all of my favorites. New York Vintage, Alpine Cheddar and Farmhouse Reserves, just to name a few. Most days, I will incorporate the cheese into dishes that I share with friends at the community lunch every Friday.  On this particular day, I found myself with a large amount of leftover mashed potatoes. First thing that came to mind was soup! Those leftover mashed potatoes became this delicious soup with fresh and canned green chiles, smoky Spanish chorizo, homemade croutons and the best white cheddar around! As soon as I tasted it, I knew I wanted to share the recipe with you all. #ILoveCheese 
Jalapeño Cheddar Mashed Potato Soup
Yields 6-8 Servings
Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 cups whole milk
2 cups chicken broth
4 cups mashed potatoes, previously prepared
2 (7oz) can diced green chiles(mild)
8 ounces of your favorite shredded white cheddar variety from Cabot Cheese!

For Garnish
Croutons
More Cheese
Sliced Jalapeños
Finely Chopped Spanish Chorizo or Crumbled Bacon

Directions

In a large pot, add the butter and oil. Heat to medium. Once butter melts, add the onion, jalapeño, garlic and poatotoes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Saute for 6-8 minutes.

Add the milk and chicken broth. Stir well to combine. Cook and a slight simmer just until potatoes are fork tender.

Stir in the mashed potatoes and diced green chiles. Continue cooking for another 7-9 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper.

To serve, add 1/3 cup of Cabot shredded cheddar cheese to the bottom of the bowl. Ladle in the hot soup on top. Garnish with croutons,more cheese, jalapeño slices and Spanish chorizo. Yields 6-8 servings.

Jalapeño Cheddar Mashed Potato Soup

Jalapeño Cheddar Mashed Potato Soup

 Homemade croutons can be prepared with any day old bread. I particularly like French or Italian bread. Slice into pieces. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place on baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.
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Jalapeño Cheddar Mashed Potato Soup
Jalapeño Cheddar Mashed Potato Soup