Beer Cheddar Soup

If your arteries are too wide I suggest you eat this beer cheddar soup every day for a month. In all other cases please look at it as a treat that should only be indulged in occasionally. Beer, butter, bacon, cheese and cream – it’s all in here, and unsurprisingly it’s fantastic.

Beer Cheddar Soup

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The recipe is not my creation, it’s a soup by chef Jonathan Erdeljac that I found in Food & Wine magazine a while ago. I’ve cooked it several times and made one slight modification the last time: I added one teaspoon of Hungarian paprika along with the celery, onion, jalapeño, garlic and thyme. The soup is already outstanding without it but if you like a little extra spice and sharpness, add the paprika.


Beer Cheddar Soup Recipe

serves 6

by Food & Wine


  • 1/2 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika*
  • one 12-ounce bottle lager or pilsner
  • 2.25 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 4 ounces smoked cheddar, shredded



  1. Head on over to Food & Wine magazine for the instructions.


*Hungarian paprika is optional. If you use it, add it along with the thyme. (I used Penzey’s Hungarian style half-sharp paprika).


This entry was posted in Soups.


  1. Debbi says:

    This post made me laugh! ( my arteries, lol). I love the new postngs about photo props! Maybe you will share about this pretty lace material?
    Soup sounds

    • Nicole B. says:

      Hey Debbi! Glad you like the prop posts, have one about ceiling tiles coming up Wednesday and will be happy to write one about the lace. If you’re ever interested in any other specific props you see just let me know. I want to make these prop posts as useful and interactive as possible. :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Haha, I figured I’d throw in something wintery for those who are tired of salads and gazpacho. Thanks for the nice compliment, I really appreciate it, Annie! :)

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