This rich, velvety-smooth soup is sure to warm you up on a cold snowy day. The sharp cheddar flavor plays incredibly well with the subtle undertones of your favorite lager. This hearty beer cheese soup recipe also contains plenty of vittles, so you definitely won’t leave the dinner table hungry! Best served in a bread bowl, but not a necessity if time is of the essence.
1 hr 10 min
This Recipe is: Egg Free
Cuisine Type: American
2 lb potatoes (5-6 cups) peeled, chopped small (prefer Yukon but any variety will work)
2 stalks celery, chopped (½–¾ cup)
2 medium carrots, peeled chopped (½–¾ cup)
1 small onion, chopped (½–¾ cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp butter
¼ cup flour
4 cups chicken stock/broth
2 cups lager style beer
4 oz cream cheese
½ cup heavy whipping cream
4 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
salt & pepper to taste
4 slices bacon cooked, chopped (Optional Garnish)
- Melt butter over med-high heat in a dutch oven. Add celery, carrots, and onion. Cook until onions are translucent and veggies are soft (approx 7-8 minutes). Add garlic and cook additional minute. Mix flour into veggies.
- Pour chicken broth over top. Add potatoes. Mix in beer, worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, paprika, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for at least 30 mins but up to 120 mins.
- If you prefer your soup thicker, after the cook time you can mash the potatoes and veggies with a masher or fork (or if you are really fancy a hand blender/emulsifier). If you like more ‘chunks’ leave it like it is.
- Add cream cheese to mixture. Stir until melted. Add heavy cream. Do not boil, but bring to a slow simmer. Remove from heat.
- Stir in cheese, one hand-full at a time. Stir each hand-full until melted, then add the next. Continue until all cheese is added. Taste. Adjust seasonings as needed. Serve (in optional bread bowl), garnish with bacon.
TIP – Beer choice is completely up to you. A lager style is typically best in my opinion, but your favorite brew will add a different, unique flavor. I used a home brewed hefeweizen this time and it was great! You can also experiment with different blends of cheeses as opposed to using only cheddar. Additionally, you can saute veggies, then add veggies, chicken broth, potatoes, beer, worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, paprika, cayenne, and salt and pepper to a crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours. Then follow directions as stated above for additional ingredients.