Sarasota's Beer Cheese Soup

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"One of my favorite soups. This came from a small church cookbook I found at a garage sale up in Northern Michigan years ago. It is easy doesn't take long to make, but it is sure good. The red pepper gives it just that little bit of kick and the pretzels add a nice salty touch. Good cold weather soup."

Original recipe yields 4-8 servings
  • Garnish


  • Serving Size: 1 (464.9 g)
  • Calories 525.8
  • Total Fat - 33.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 100.3 mg
  • Sodium - 1251.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.5 g
  • Sugars - 3.3 g
  • Protein - 31.9 g
  • Calcium - 1044.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Base ... Add the butter to a large pot, and bring to medium heat; then add in the onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and pepper - and, saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring often, so the garlic doesn't burn. You want onion mix tender. Note: It is also very important to finely chop the onion, and mince the garlic.

Step 2

Add in the beer, broth, 1/2 of the half and half, mustard, worcestershire, and bring to a light boil - NOT a rolling boil.

Step 3

Cheese ... Remove from the heat and slowly add the cheese, continually stirring until the cheese is melted. Note: Sometimes a pre-shredded cheese can separate during cooking - they have quite of preservatives; so, grating your own cheese is really the way to go, if possible. Season with salt and pepper, to taste; and, a couple of dashes of hot sauce. You can always add more later.

Step 4

Finish ... Once the cheese is melted; return to the medium heat; mix the remaining broth and cornstarch together to create a slurry, and, slowly add it to the soup. Cook another minute or two, and the soup will thicken right up. As soon as the soup thickens, turn off the heat; and, dtir in the chives.

Step 5

Serve ... Garnish with pretzels. Now, they have those wonderful pretzel thins or rounds which are perfect to use. But I often just lightly "crunch" up a few pretzels that I have on hand. Bacon, pumpernickel or plain croutons are also nice garnishes. ENJOY!

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