Ale and Cheddar Soup  from Closet Cooking

A heavenly ale and liquid melted cheddar soup seasoned with smoky bacon and spicy jalapeno pepper that is pure comfort in a bowl!


Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound bacon (preferably smoked or double smoked), cut into 1 inch slices (omit and replace with 2 tablespoons of oil or butter for vegetarian)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2+ jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour (rice flour for gluten free)
  • 1 (~12 ounce) bottle/can ale (gluten free for gluten free)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • cayenne to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat and set aside on paper towels to drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the grease in the pan.
  2. Add the onion, celery and jalapeno and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the butter and let it melt and get all bubbly then sprinkle on the flour and let it cook until it starts to turn golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the ale and broth and deglaze the pan before adding the bacon and then let cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the cream, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and cheese and cook until the cheese has melted without bringing it back to a boil.
  7. Season with cayenne, salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.
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