Cheese and Beer Soup


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

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
6 servings


  • 6 strips bacon

  • 5 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • 1 cup finely chopped celery

  • 1 cup peeled, chopped parsnip

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 2 cups amber beer

  • 2 bay leaves

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

474 Calories
34g Fat
21g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 474
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 1187mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 318mg 24%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 307mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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