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Cheddar Ale Soup

The beer gives this cheddar soup an extra boost pale ale flavor that is addicting. Top with crunchy coutons and bacon vbits for the perfect comforting bowl of soup!
4.74 from 23 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 596 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pale ale
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups milk I used whole
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 lb sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup croutons optional
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits optional


  • Heat the butter in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery; cook until soft (about 20 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic and flour and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup pale ale while stirring to incorporate it smoothly. Stir until a thick paste forms (2-3 minutes).
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, milk and chicken broth and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 additional minutes.
  • Remove the pot from heat and puree it with an immersion blender, or blend in a blender.
  • Return the pot to medium-low heat and slowly add the cheese while stirring. Do not allow the soup to boil.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Top with crutons and bacon bits before serving.


Calories: 596kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 33gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 24gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 980mgPotassium: 428mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 4601IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 809mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bacon, beer, bleu cheese, cheddar, croutons, pale ale
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