Oh yes. Beer Bacon Cheddar Soup has everything a rich and delicious soup should have including pale ale, applewood smoked bacon, & a cheddar gruyere blend.
Wow, was this soup good. I’m not going to tell you its the healthiest soup I’ve ever made, but wow. Any soup that starts with crisp applewood smoked bacon, onion, and celery has to be good, right? Then you add an entire bottle of an Oregon made pale ale? Now we’re talking. Stir in some homemade chicken broth and you’ll see me start to drool. Yes, you can use the boxed stuff, but I always say “go big or go home”. Are we done at that point? Not a chance. You’re not done until you stir in some heavy cream and a freshly grated cheddar and gruyere blend. Mercy.
This soup was so incredibly rich and decadent and the flavor couldn’t be beat. Oh man. I wish I weren’t so hungry right now. Writing a post like this when you’re hungry is just plain stupid. I can’t even bare to look at the photos.
Beer Bacon & Cheddar Soup
- 8 ounces bacon ends and pieces
- 2 small stalks of celery finely chopped
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 bottle 12-ounce beer (I used an Oregon pale ale)
- 3 cups chicken broth I used homemade
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 12 ounces cheese grated (I used Trader Joe's Cheddar Gruyere blend)
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground pepper
Cook bacon ends and pieces according to directions in post (only use half the pack for this recipe). Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.
Heat the bacon grease over medium high heat. Cook onion and celery until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add butter, melt, then add flour and stir. Allow the flour to cook for several minutes. Add beer and chicken broth. Bring soup to a bowl and allow to boil and cook down for about 15 minutes.
Turn heat to low, add heavy cream and cheese, stir until well blended and the cheese has melted.
Serve with diced jalapeno and beer bread.