Dutch Cheese Soup

Last week I got an email from Viking River Cruises.  I was surprised to find that there was a recipe included in the email! Throughout the entire Rhine River cruise we sampled local cuisine that was wonderful.  Sending a recipe brought back great memories of the fantastic dining we experienced!

The recipe was for Dutch Cheese Soup.  I was really thrilled to see a soup recipe.  It has been cold and foggy here.  When the dampness sets in, soup comes to mind.  This particular soup looked quite tasty and reminded me of the various cheeses that we sampled on our journey and during our stay in Amsterdam.

This is a quick and easy dish for when the dinner hour is approaching and you have just gotten home!

I did make a couple of changes to the recipe.  The ingredient list didn't include any herbs and since I had a bundle of fresh thyme in the refrigerator, I added some.  I also accidentally purchased Hickory Smoked Gouda.  That worked out fine as it was a good match with the Canadian bacon.

Dutch Cheese Soup
adapted from Viking River Cruises

Serves 4

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil.)
2 Tbs butter
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup diced cauliflower
2 potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup carrots, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I used two carrots, 1/4-1/2 inch slices)
1/2-1 tsp fresh thyme
4 cups chicken stock
4 ounces Canadian bacon, diced
5 ounces Gouda cheese, thinly sliced (I used one round about 7 ounces.)
8 slices sourdough baguette
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil on medium-high heat in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan.  Add onion and saute until softened.  Add cauliflower, carrots, and potatoes; saute for 5 minutes.  Add the fresh thyme during the last minute.  Stir in chicken stock and bring to a boil.  In a small skillet, heat the butter.  Add the Canadian bacon and saute until lightly browned.  Add bacon to soup.  Reduce heat to low and cover, simmering until vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes). Ladle soup into four individual flameproof crocks or bowls.  Top each portion with two bread slices and 1/4 of the cheese.  Place under the broiler until cheese is bubbly.  Serve immediately.


It only takes a spoonful of thyme to prepare this meal.  The family loved it!  I will be making this recipe again!
Um, Um Good!


  1. Looks delicious. Why am I not surprised you had fresh thyme in the fridge!

  2. Fascinating soup recipe. Don't think I have ever seen anything like it. Sounds delicious too! Thyme is the only fresh herb I have in the fridge right now too!

  3. Thyme, Canadian bacon, gouda and baguettes no wonder your bowl is empty.

  4. Your last photo says it all! No words needed! Great photos. Susan

  5. Oh this looks like another soup winner from you:) I love the addition of thyme!

  6. It's unique and sounds delicious.

  7. OMG, just printed this. I can not resist the pictures.

  8. "It only takes a spoonful of thyme..." I love it. This soup is just what we need in this weather! I love the addition of cauliflower here. Hmmm...I'm getting hungry.

    P.S. I want that bowl.

  9. What a perfect blend of delicious flavors! I love soup, and I'm putting this one on my must-make-soon list!

  10. That Soup look so yummy


  11. Hello! Bev, one of my Daily Challenge connections, recommended your blog so I high-tailed it over here to check it out. Two posts read and I'm hooked! Happy 2012! --Sharon.

  12. Never been to that part of the world. The soup realy looks tasty tho.

  13. Looks like somebody enjoyed that soup! It does look mighty tempting. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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