This creamy gourmet soup just might be your new favorite because it’s so easy to make. Serve it with crusty bread to make the perfect meal!
Easy, Creamy Beer Cheese Soup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ lb. thick-sliced bacon, chopped
- ½ cup red onion, diced
- 12 ounces beer (non-alcohol beers work well in this soup if you prefer)
- 4 cups chicken stock or broth
- 4 cups heavy cream or half and half (tastes great with either one)
- 1 pound block of white, extra sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup all-purpose unbleached flour
- ½ teaspoon spicy brown mustard
- Chop raw bacon in pieces. In a large pot over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. In the same pot, add butter and diced onion to bacon drippings and cook until onions are tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add one-half bottle of beer and continue cooking; reduce by half, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken broth and cream and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low and stir. Cover pot with lid and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While soup simmers, shred the cheese into a bowl. Add flour to the bowl and toss to coat cheese.
- Stir remaining beer into the pot of soup. Add floured cheese to the pot a handful at a time, stirring continually until cheese is melted. Season with spicy brown mustard and sea salt, to taste.
Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Pearls of Garden Wisdom: Time-Saving Tips and Techniques from a Country Home, Pearls of Country Wisdom: Hints from a Small Town on Keeping Garden and Home, and Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Tukua has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.