Easy Beer Cheese Soup … a rich, delicious game day recipe that’s sure to please a crowd and guaranteed to warm you up on chilly fall and winter days!
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I have to tell you a funny story.
First of all, I’m not the biggest football fan. I do love entertaining on game day and getting together with my friends and family, but you can usually find me chatting with someone or checking out the food table.
Anyway, when I first moved to Texas, I met someone who was convinced that she was going to turn me into a diehard football fan.
People do love their football here, so I guess that is a qualification for living in Texas. She also didn’t think much of my team, the Packers, and thought I should become a Saints fan … what?!?
Easy Beer Cheese Soup
Although she was sweet, but I had to laugh. I may not be the biggest fan out there, but I’m definitely a Packers fan and always will be. You really can’t grow up in Wisconsin and not be, unless you want to face the wrath of your neighbors.
Besides the Packers, Wisconsinites love two other things, beer and cheese. Yes, the stereotype is true. So to celebrate my team, I’m sharing my decadent and delicious Easy Beer Cheese Soup recipe.
And in celebration of football season, I’ve joined a group of bloggers—all of whom are big football fans!—to bring you football-inspired recipes all season long.
Last month, we shared our favorite tailgating recipes, and now we are sharing more than 60 team-themed ideas for celebrating on game day … scroll to the bottom of the post for all the recipes!
Let’s get back to this soup though, because it is seriously amazing!
Beer Cheese Soup can be found on menus throughout Wisconsin, and I have to order it whenever I spot it. It’s just so good, and the flavor is so unique.
If you’ve never had this kind of soup before, you are in for a delicious surprise. Between the beer and the cheese, this Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup is absolutely loaded with flavor.
Of course, it’s perfectly creamy and cheesy, but the beer adds an unexpected zing (that doesn’t taste overwhelmingly like beer, I must add).
How to Make Beer Cheese Soup
I’m not going to lie, this simple Beer Cheese Soup recipe is decadent, but the delicious taste makes it worth the indulgence.
It’s also quick to make. I think it took me about 30 minutes start to finish, which is my kind of recipe!
The soup starts with a base of sauteed veggies, to which you’ll add a little flour to help thicken it, before adding the broth and a can of beer.
You can use any kind of beer you’d like, but I prefer using a lighter beer, like a pilsner or a larger. I actually used Pabst Blue Ribbon, a classic Wisconsin beer, and it worked perfectly.
After a few minutes of simmering, the soup will thicken. Beer Cheese Soup is often served pureed, and if you’d like a smooth soup, now’s the time to do it.
I enjoy a little texture in my soup, so I skipped that step. But if you’d prefer a smoother soup, I’d recommend using a stick blender. It will be way less messy than using a regular blender.
Next comes a little Dijon mustard and cream, and then it’s time to add the cheese … the best part!
Make sure to use a high-quality sharp cheddar cheese (preferably from Wisconsin if you can find it). It’s going to add a ton of flavor, so don’t skimp on quality. And if you have the time, shred the cheese yourself. Pre-shredded cheese is coated with additives to keep it from clumping, and it won’t melt as well.
Serve this Beer Cheese Soup topped with green onions for a pop of flavor and with a side of hearty bread, like rye, for dipping. Yum!
Warm up with a bowl of this easy Beer Cheese Soup ... it's the perfect cold weather treat!
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 (12-ounce) can beer
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced (green part only)
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Add carrots, celery, onion, bay leaf, and 1/2 tsp. salt; saute until softened, about 10 minutes.
Stir in garlic, paprika, and cayenne; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Mix in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for a couple minutes.
Slowly whisk in broth and beer.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until thickened and veggies are tender.
Remove bay leaf, then stir in dijon and heavy cream. Do not boil.
Add cheese, one handful at a time, whisking until smooth. Again, do not boil.
Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve soup hot, topped with green onions. Enjoy!
More Game Day Recipes
Now that I’ve tempted you with my Easy Beer Cheese Soup, check out the amazing game day recipes from the other bloggers below!
And I have to point out that my fellow Packer fan/blogger made a Beer Cheese Fondue … I told you the stereotype was true!
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I don’t know about you, but now I’m hungry!
Which recipe are you going to try first?
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