This is a zippy cheese and ale soup that's really tasty! Don't be afraid to personalize it.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble.

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  • Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Stir in onions, celery, and parsnips. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir constantly until flour dissolves, 3 or 4 minutes.

  • Slowly stir chicken stock and ale into onion mixture. Add bay leaves and cayenne pepper. Increase heat to medium or medium-high to slowly bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low when mixture starts to bubble; simmer uncovered until soup reaches a smooth consistency, about 1 hour.

  • Stir heavy cream into soup; add Cheddar cheese. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese has melted and soup is heated through, 3 or 4 minutes. Do not bring to a boil. Sprinkle bacon crumbles on soup.

Nutrition Facts

474 calories; 33.9 g total fat; 106 mg cholesterol; 1187 mg sodium. 20.6 g carbohydrates; 16.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2019
This seems like a really great base recipe. I'm making it now and know it will be good. I'm just shocked they don't note seasoning with salt and pepper as you go... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2019
This seems like a really great base recipe. I'm making it now and know it will be good. I'm just shocked they don't note seasoning with salt and pepper as you go... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2016
Really tasty I subbed Greek yogurt for the heavy cream. worked great. Just tempered it first to avoid curdling. The leftovers got very very thick so I think I may cut back on the flour a bit next time. I didnt have the full amount of cheese and it was plenty cheesy.. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2019
This seems like a really great base recipe. I'm making it now and know it will be good. I'm just shocked they don't note seasoning with salt and pepper as you go... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2019
Added 1 1/2 cup Gouda on top of the 2 cups cheddar in the recipe Read More