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Cheddar ‘N Rice Soup
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1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 small (1/2 cup) onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 cup Land O Lakes® Fat Free Half & Half

2 cups cubed cooked chicken

1 1/2 cups cooked long grain rice

1 cup beer or low sodium chicken broth

16 ounces (4 cups) shredded Cheddar cheese

2 medium (about 2 1/2 cups) ripe red Bartlett or Anjou pears, chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in 4-quart saucepan until sizzling; add onion. Cook over medium-high heat 1-2 minutes or until onion is softened. Stir in flour and red pepper. Add chicken broth and half & half. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil.

  2. STEP 2

    Add chicken, rice and beer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Stir in 2 cups chopped pear.

  3. STEP 3

    Ladle into serving bowls. Sprinkle each serving with remaining chopped pear and parsley. Serve immediately.

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