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Austrian Cream Cheese Soup

Yield Makes 14 cups

Ingredients

  • 6 leeks
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Chopped fresh chives (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Cut green tops from leeks, and discard. Chop white portions.

  2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven; add leeks and celery, and sauté until tender. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Stir in broth, 3 cups water, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.

  3. Microwave cream cheese and yogurt in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 15 to 20 seconds or until warm; whisk until smooth. Whisk in egg yolks; gradually whisk in 2 cups leek mixture. Stir cream cheese mixture and pepper into leek mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. (Do not boil.) Sprinkle with chives, if desired.