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Creamy White Cheddar Beer Cheese Soup

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Decadent, creamy beer cheese soup with cheddar cheese, light beer, and so much flavor. The perfect beer cheese soup recipe for two people!
4.69 from 66 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 2 bread bowls
Calories 572 kcal


  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1/3 cup carrot finely chopped
  • 1 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. jalapeno chopped (remove seeds)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of light beer a light lager is preferable
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 Tbsp. black peppercorns whole
  • 1/2 Tbsp. caraway seeds toasted if possible
  • small handful of fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 cup milk room temperature
  • 1/2 cup half and half room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups of white cheddar cheese shredded (adjust this to your liking!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large or 4 (small) bread bowls
  • chives and chopped bacon for garnish


  • In a deep pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add celery, carrot, onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Cook until veggies become very tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Add flour, and stir continuously to avoid browning. Let the veggies and flour cook for a few minutes, as this will alleviate the "flour" taste from occurring in the soup. The consistency of the veggies and flour together should feel similar to a vegetable "paste" as you stir it.
  • Slowly add the beer, while still stirring continuously. Then, slowly whisk in the chicken stock. Add the bay leaf, black peppercorns, caraway seeds, and fresh thyme.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the room temperature milk and half and half, then stir to blend everything together, and bring to a quick boil. As soon as the soup starts to boil, immediately turn the heat back down to a simmer, and allow it to simmer for another ten minutes.
  • Whisk in cheese, and check to be sure consistency is to your liking. Add more stock if it seems too thick.
  • Strain entire contents into another large pot, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve in a bread bowls, garnish as you please, and enjoy!


This will make two big bowls of soup, or four smaller ones.


Serving: 1bread bowlCalories: 572kcal
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