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List of ingredients for Cheese and smoky bacon soup with celery

* 25 g (1 oz) Butter
* 1 small Onion, peeled and finely chopped
* 1 stick of Celery, finely sliced - run a speed-peeler along the back to remove any tough strings
* 25 g (1 oz) Plain flour
* 275 ml (1/2 pint) full Cream Milk
* 275 ml (1/2 pint) Chicken or Vegetable stock
* 100 g (4 oz) Cheese of choice, such as strong Cheddar cheese, Grated
* Sea salt and Freshly ground black pepper
* 3 rashers of lean Smoked bacon or Home smoked bacon

* Grill the Bacon until crispy then allow to cool so it can be handled
* Melt the Butter in a pan, give a good grind of Black pepper and gently sauté the Onion and Celery without colouring, about 10 minutes
* Remove from the heat, stir in the Flour and gradually whisk in the Milk and Stock
* Slowly bring to the Boil and stir well until the Soup starts to thicken.
* Reduce the heat and Simmer for 5 minutes then add the Cheese and season with Salt and extra Pepper if needed. Stir well and simmer for a further 5 minutes
* Thin with a little Milk or Cream if desired


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