Cheese in Soup

Cheese Types That Taste Good in Soup

Cheese can add a lot of flavor to soup, whether it's used as a garnish or as a main ingredient. These five cheeses are especially delicious in soup.

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    Parmigiano-Reggiano. © Image 2012 Jennifer Meier

    Parmigiano-Reggiano can be grated on the top of almost any soup. The flavor adds a nice saltiness and the texture adds richness without becoming gooey or stringy. The rind from Parmigiano-Reggiano can also be added to soup for extra flavor. Simply simmer the rind in broth for 15 minutes or more.

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    Gruyere. © Image 2012 Jennifer Meier

    Gruyere's biggest claim to fame in the world of soup is the starring role it plays in French Onion Soup. Earthy, nutty and slightly sweet Gruyere cheese tastes best with soups that have a slightly earthy quality. Because the cheese can get so gooey when melted, I prefer to use it in moderate quantities.

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    Bravo Cheddar. © Image 2012 Jennifer Meier

    More so than other types of cheese, Cheddar tends to be a major, rather than minor, ingredient when added to soup. This is partly because the flavor is so universally appealing and partly because cheddar melts so well into a rich, smooth consistency.

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    Queso Fresco. © Image 2014 Jennifer Meier

    The term Queso Fresco refers to fresh cheese that does not have a rind. It works especially well as an ingredient in soup because the texture becomes soft, but the cheese never fully melts. If you don't like strings of gooey cheese dangling from your spoon, Queso Fresco is for cheese you. If you can't find Mexican Queso Fresco, use Halloumi instead. Halloumi has the same mild flavor as Queso Fresco and will not fully melt when heated either.

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    Manchego. © Image 2012 Jennifer Meier

    Manchego is a Spanish cheese with a salty, olive-y flavor. Try it as a garnish for vegetable soups or for soups that include sausage.