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Roasted Poblano White Cheddar Soup is total comfort food! The smokey warmth of poblano peppers mixes with sharp cheddar and the perfect spices in this creamy, flavorful soup  that is worthy of a restaurant!

Bird's eye view of Roasted Poblano White Cheddar Soup in a white bowl.


We love soup any time of year, but there is something about fall or a rainy day that makes it that much better. This soup is good any time and is awesome served along side any Latin American dish. It’s great with tortillas chips sprinkled on top, or we also like to have it with Mexican Skillet Steak and Street Corn Salad. Then, to balance out all that savory goodness, we love having sweet, cinnamon Churros for dessert!

Poblano peppers give this soup a smokey flavor and a little spice—not too much. The white cheddar cheese is perfectly sharp and creamy and also tames the heat from the peppers. The zippy and cheesy and creamy together make this soup not only super flavorful, but a delight for the senses.

You will use roasted poblano peppers with onion, spices, cream and white cheddar cheese to create this delicious soup. Instructions for roasting your own poblano peppers can be found below, or if you prefer, you can substitute with two 7 oz cans of diced green chilies. Get ready to fall in love with this piquant puree!

  • How hot are poblano peppers?

    Poblano peppers are between warm and hot. To give a good idea about the heat ratio, a poblano pepper registers at 1,000 to 2,000 on the Skoville heat scale. A jalapeno pepper usually registers around 7,000. One of the hottest peppers, the Ghost pepper, registers at 1,041,427.

  • Can I use sharp cheddar cheese? Does it have to be white cheddar?

    Absolutely. White cheddar cheese is already on the sharp side, but if you enjoy sharp cheese, you can always opt for it—it will go great in this soup. Additionally, if you like a milder cheese, you can substitute with a mild white cheddar. Yellow cheddar will combine with the green poblano to create an unpleasant brown color, but it will still taste great.

  • Can I make this recipe in advance?

    This soup is best fresh. If you are thinking of making it in advance, it would be best if you roasted the peppers in advance and pureed them with the sautéed a garlic, cumin and onion. You can refrigerate this mixture for up to two days. That will take the most complicated steps out of the making of the soup, which will mean simply combining the ingredients on the day you wish to make it.

White Cheddar Poblano Soup in a white bowl.

How to roast whole peppers:

  1. Grill: Heat an outdoor grill to a high heat. Make sure the grilling rack is well oiled. Toss peppers onto the grill and let roast until the skins are cracked and blackening, turning occasionally so that all sides get roasted.
  2. Gas Stove: Toss the peppers directly onto the grates of your gas stove so they get in direct heat from the open flame. You don’t want the flame to actually touch the peppers (they do catch on fire) so adjust the heat accordingly. Use tongs to turn occasionally so all sides are roasted and slightly blackened and the skin begins to peel away.
  3. Broiler: You can place your peppers on a baking sheet directly beneath the broiler in your oven. Roast under the broiler, turning occasionally, until peppers begin to blacken and the peel begins to crack.

Once you’ve roasted your peppers using one of these three methods, place them immediately into a plastic bag. The heat from the peppers will create steam within the bag. The trapped steam will loose the skins from the peppers and make them easy to peel off. After about 1 hour of sitting, they should be cooled and the skins should slip off easily. You can then proceed with your recipe that uses roasted peppers.

If you like this soup, check out some of our other delicious soup recipes:

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Bird's eye view of Roasted Poblano White Cheddar Soup in a white bowl.
Roasted Poblano White Cheddar Soup is total comfort food! The smokey warmth of poblano peppers mixes with sharp cheddar and the perfect spices in this creamy, flavorful soup  that is worthy of a restaurant!
Cook Time 15 minutes
Roasting Peppers 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large poblano peppers roasted, peeled, and diced*
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
Instructions
  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Saute onions in oil for about 5 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally. Add in garlic and cumin and let toast for 1 minute.
  • Pour in chicken broth and season with salt. Add in diced poblanos. Heat to a simmer.
  • Pour in heavy cream. Use a stick blender to puree, or transfer to a blender to puree and return pureed soup to saucepan.
  • In a small bowl, toss shredded cheese with cornstarch. Over medium heat stir cheese into the pureed soup until melted. Heat until cheese is completely melted and soup thickens slightly.
Notes

How to roast whole peppers:

  1. Grill: Heat an outdoor grill to a high heat. Make sure the grilling rack is well oiled. Toss peppers onto the grill and let roast until the skins are cracked and blackening, turning occasionally so that all sides get roasted.
  2. Gas Stove: Toss the peppers directly onto the grates of your gas stove so they get in direct heat from the open flame. You don't want the flame to actually touch the peppers (they do catch on fire) so adjust the heat accordingly. Use tongs to turn occasionally so all sides are roasted and slightly blackened and the skin begins to peel away.
  3. Broiler: You can place your peppers on a baking sheet directly beneath the broiler in your oven. Roast under the broiler, turning occasionally, until peppers begin to blacken and the peel begins to crack.
 
Once you've roasted your peppers using one of these three methods, place them immediately into a plastic bag. The heat from the peppers will create steam within the bag. The trapped steam will loose the skins from the peppers and make them easy to peel off. After about 1 hour of sitting, they should be cooled and the skins should slip off easily. You can then proceed with your recipe that uses roasted peppers.
 
Don't want to roast your own poblano peppers? No problem! You can substitute with two 7 ounce cans of diced green chiles. 

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1000mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 58.8mg | Calcium: 364mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: White Cheddar Poblano Soup
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Erica M
April 26, 2020 4:42 pm

5 stars
Wow is this good!!! We char-grilled our peppers on just our charcoal grill and they were great. I doubled the recipe and it was the perfect amount for 2 with leftovers. I also added a diced jalepeno. Even though it was a nice 60 degree day out today this soup was light and could definitely be a ‘non winter’ soup.

Martha Cressy
April 14, 2020 3:55 pm

5 stars
Wowza! Love the flavors. Followed the recipe to a T which I never do. Will be making again!

Dominic Re
February 1, 2020 7:46 pm

5 stars
This was excellent. Great recipe that we will be making often!!

Tracie
January 15, 2020 12:58 pm

5 stars
So good! This has become a regular in our house. I serve it along with tostadas.

November 17, 2019 5:16 pm

This turned out fantastic!!!!!! made it exactly like recipe but I used about 1/2 cup more stock, 1/4 cup more cream d total of 2 1/4 cups cheese, dash of onion/garlic powders. Will double rexipe next time, doesn’t make much.

Sue
October 16, 2019 9:23 pm

I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for the video and recipe, I’ve signed up for your newsletter and I’m looking forward to trying out more of your recipes!

Lisa
September 19, 2019 6:42 pm

5 stars
Made this with bone broth and sour cream and it was crazy good!!!

Carol Topping
October 19, 2019 12:36 pm
Reply to  Lisa

I made this recipe last night and it was delicious! This was my first time roasting peppers. I used the stove-top method and it worked well. Thank you!

Jeff Saathoff
October 15, 2017 8:07 am

5 stars
Great Soup. Loved it. I did however add some extra cream and extra cheddar at the end. Making it straight up using the recipe mine was a big TOO spicy. Great for a fall day.

Elaine
May 22, 2017 7:35 pm

Can you freeze this for future use?

Elaine
May 21, 2017 3:46 pm

can you buy roasted poblano peppers?

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