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Four Cheese Soup

2 tb Unsalted butter
1 Med. leek - white & pale green parts only, chopped
4 c Chicken stock - or canned low-salt broth
1 Med. potato - boiling type, peeled and diced
2 c Half and Half
3/4 c Provolone cheese - grated (about 3 ounces)
3/4 c Parmesan - fresly grated (about 3 ounces)
3/4 c Mozzarella - grated (about 3 ounces)
3/4 c Cheedar cheese - grated (about 3 ounces)

Number of Servings: 6

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add stock and potato and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Puree soup in batches in processor or blender. Return soup to saucepan. Add Half and Half and bring to simmer. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before continuing.)

Gradually add all cheeses to soup and whisk until melted. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with croutons.

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