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Cheddar & Ale Soup

Yields4 Servings

Stay warm with this hearty soup that features dark ale, aged cheddar and mustard

Cheddar & Ale Soup

 3 Tbsp butter
 2 medium onions, diced
 4 cloves garlic, chopped
 1 tsp dried chilies
 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped, or 2 tsp (10 ml) dried thyme
 4 tsp dry mustard powder
 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
 ½ cup warm, whole fat milk
 1 12 oz (330 ml) bottle of medium to dark ale
 1 cup warm beef or chicken stock
 ½ cup sour cream
 1 pinch cayenne pepper
 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
 2 cups grated aged cheddar cheese
 4 green onions, chopped

Melt butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until slightly softened, about 6 to 7 minutes.


Add chilies, garlic and flour. Continue to cook while stirring often to make sure the flour does not burn.


Add milk, ale and stock and bring mixture to a light boil.


Reduce heat and add mustard (you can add dried thyme with the mustard if you are not using fresh).


Continue to let the soup simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes stirring occasionally.


Remove soup from heat and whisk in cheese gradually so it melts consistently.


Whisk in sour cream, fresh thyme (if using), Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper.


Season soup with salt and pepper. Garnish with green onions.


Wine pairing suggestion: The most natural pairing for this soup is with dark ale as it is an important ingredient. Alternatively, Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon both pair well with old cheddar and have enough depth for the dark ale in the soup.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 377.5g

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 573.9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40.9g63%

Saturated Fat 24.9g125%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 119.8mg40%
Total Carbohydrate 21.9g8%

Dietary Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugars 6.8g
Protein 25.3g51%

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