Super-Bowl

What a great soup for using leftover turkey, or having it for Super-Bowl parties or on those cold weather evenings.

6 tables unsalted butter, plus melted butter for brushing

1 small onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1/2 clove garlic, minced

5 tables flour

1 qt chicken broth

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup shredded white American cheese (about 4 oz)

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 6 oz)

1 cup diced deli ham

1 cup diced leftover roast turkey

6 slices baguette

6 slices bacon

1/2 pt grape tomatoes, thinly sliced

3 tables chopped fresh parsley

Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery and garlic; cook, stirring, until softened, abut 4 minutes. Stir in the flour and whisk, about 1 min. Add the broth and cream;, stirring, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and stir in the American cheese and 1 cup of the cheddar until melted. Add the ham and turkey and heat through, 3-5 minutes.

Remove from the heat, keeping warm with lid.

Spread the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush with melted butter. Transfer to the oven and toast until golden, abut 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, turning until crisp. Drain on paper towels. When cool enough to handle, crumble.

Toss the tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper in a bowl. Lade the soup into bowls and top with the toasted baguette, the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar, divided between the 6 bowls, and the tomato-parsley mixture and crumbled bacon. YUM!

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