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Beer Cheese Soup

Our creamy irresistible Irish Beer Cheese Soup Recipe is perfect to serve on Saint Patrick’s Day with a tall frothy pint! Or serve Beer Cheese Soup any night of the week.

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Beer Cheese Soup Recipe

Cheese. Soup.

Were there ever two words more perfect for each other?

The only thing I can think of to improve upon such a alluring combo would be beer.

Beer. Cheese. Soup.

Now that is a winning love-fest of flavors.

And if the cheese is Irish, and the beer is from Ireland (or some place close to Ireland), well now, that would be a Saint Paddy’s Day dish I wouldn’t be able to resist.

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Best Cheese Soup

This rich and creamy Irish Beer Cheese Soup recipe is a favorite in both my family and my neighborhood.

I recently served it to several friends on one of our recent snow days and they immediately felt as captivated by the Irish beer-cheese duo as I do.

This cheese soup recipe is thick and flavorful with an ultra silky texture, and robust pub cheese taste!

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Beer Cheese Soup Recipe Tips

The key to making a killer Irish Beer Cheese Soup is to use a light crisp Irish-style beer like Harp. The beer gives the soup a slight twang without over powering it.

Then whisk in shredded Irish cheese and cream cheese.

Most Irish cheeses have a very distinct nutty essence. The Irish cheese gives the soup intense cheesy flavor, while the cream cheese makes the soup extra silky smooth.

I like to use low fat cream cheese to take the fat and calories down a notch, but go full-fat if you want to!

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Irish Beer Cheese Soup

Once the Irish Beer Cheese Soup simmers and thickens, ladle it into bowls and garnish with bacon and chive.

Or if you’ve been gawking at the bread bowls in this post, bake your own. They are really easy to make!

Irish Beer Cheese Soup is a new Saint Patrick’s Day tradition in our house. In just 20 minutes, you too will fall in love with this creamy dreamy wonder.

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Easy Beer Cheese Soup Q&A

Where Did beer Cheese Soup Come From?

Beer Cheese soup is considered a German (or Eastern European) recipes and was brought to the United States by German immigrants. The beer and cheeses used have morphed over the years, based on what’s available regonionally.

What Cheeses Are Good For Beer Cheese Soup?

Gruyere is a traditional choice. However, any cheese that is a smooth melting cheese can be used in Beer Cheese Soup. In today’s recipe, we’re using hard Irish cheese with a bold nutty flavor, and cream cheese for thickening.

Cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese, and gouda are also great options.

Why Is My Beer Cheese Soup Grainy?

You boiled the soup and the cheese curdled into little clumps. When making any cheese soup recipe, make sure to keep the heat low once you add in the cheese.

Can You Freeze Cheese Soup?

Yes. As long as you reheat it on very low heat, so it doesn’t boil and separate, cheese soup can be frozen and reheated. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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Beer Cheese Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Creamy Irish Beer Cheese Soup for Saint Patrick's Day! This easy beer cheese soup recipe is rich and alluring, with only a handful of necessary ingredients.
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter, or bacon grease
  • 2 bottles Harp Irish Style Lager (12-ounce bottles)
  • 32 ounce chicken broth
  • 14 ounces Irish cheese, shredded (Dubliner, Irish Cheddar, Skellig, etc.)
  • 14 ounces low-fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, or arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Garnishes: crumbled bacon, and chives

Instructions

  • Set a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add the butter, onions, and garlic, and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Scoop the softened onions into the food processor (or blender) and add one cup chicken broth. Puree the onions and broth until completely smooth.
  • Pour the onion mixture back into the sauce pot, and add the remaining broth and both bottles of beer. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat.
  • Toss the shredded Irish cheese with cornstarch. Add the shredded cheese, cream cheese, and Dijon mustard to the broth. Whisk to melt the cheese and break up the cream cheese cubes. Whisk until the soup is completely smooth and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. (Do not boil the cheese! Lower the heat if needed.)
  • Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Serve as-is, or garnish with bacon and chives if desired.

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Notes

The beer broth will foam up quite a bit when boiling. Make sure to use a large pot so it doesn't boil over.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 970mg, Potassium: 225mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 650IU, Vitamin C: 7.3mg, Calcium: 355mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Author: Sommer Collier

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65 comments on “Beer Cheese Soup”

  1. We loved the Irish cheese in this soup! It made it so flavorful! Definitely trying it again!

  2. This soup is delicious and I love the idea of serving it in a bread bowl! So delicious! 

  3. Now this is what I call comfort food! My husband loves this soup so much!

  4. this seriously sounds amazing! thank you for sharing this recipe

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  6. great soup! family loved it! it was delicious!

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  8. This was not only delicious but a head turner. Everyone in the family loved it.

  9. This soup is so awesome, I could eat it all without sharing! I did use some potato flaked to thicken it up a bit more.

  10. My kids loved it! Really comforting!

  11. This soup is the perfect way to change-up St Paddy’s Day eats, thanks!

  12. My husband does not like corned beef so I’m making this yummy soup again this year for St. Patrick’s Day!

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  14. Is the lager used dark or light?

  15. I’ve got to say….when I read the ingredients I thought it sounded a bit like a cheese fondue and to my immense pleasure it was!!! This soup is rich and creamy, not too thick and very filling! I’m going to pretend it’s healthy so I can make it more often! Lol! Loved this! Thanks for posting. For anyone like me unable to access a reasonable source of Irish beer, I used modelo negro beer and it was awesome!!! 

    • Oh! Word to the wise…Use the good quality cheese recommended. If you use regular inexpensive cheddar it will be bland.  I used sharp kerrygold cheddar and actually reduced the Dijon mustard to 1 tb. It was divine! 

  16. Love it ! Just love it !

  17. Thank you so much for this! I just made it last night and I believe it is my new favorite soup. So rich and creamy I absolutely love it.

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  22. This is tasty!  I doubled the onion, used Marmite/water instead of lager, upped the Dijon to 2 tbsp and added a tsp of worcestershire sauce. Tastes like cheese on toast without the bread!

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  30. Any suggestions on altering the recipe to  convert this to a slow cooker for a pot luck luncheon?

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  34. Easy to make. Thought bit bland at first. Added more Dijon and more beer. Tasted better

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  43. What if our grocery store does not carry Irish cheese? What can I sub?

  44. Making this tomorrow for a chilly Swiss night. As I live in a small town in Switzerland, beers can be hard to find. Would any Lager style work or doesn’t it need to be Irish?

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  47. This soup looks delicious! I can’t wait to try this for my family. Great pictures too!

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  49. I’m not sure there’s anything more perfect to eat on St. Patricks Day than this soup! 

  50. Cheese and Beer in a soup sounds amazing! I can’t wait to make it this weekend, its supposed to rain, and its sounds delightful for Saint Patrick’s Day! Looking forward to the bread howl recipe! Thanks…

  51. These are like three of my favorite things in one bread bowl!! 

  52. Where is my spoon! This looks incredible!

  53. Bread is the perfect bowl for soup!

  54. It’s cold and stormy here, and this looks so hot and good.

    Now, to find a bread bowl….

    Thanks, Sommer.

  55. This looks so decadent and beautiful.  What a special treat for St. Paddy’s Day!

  56. Love the complexity of flavor in this soup which is so easy to make. Bread bowl is a necessity to pull off complete presentation that will WOW most anyone. Very tasty…

  57. We had St Paddy dinner early this year because of friends leaving town, but think this soup along with some corned beef sandwiches will work for the actual day this year.

  58. I’m so glad that these are paired together because I would never be able to choose between the two. Pretzel bread bowls are my fav!

  59. This soup is one of my favorites. It is suppose to get cold all over again this week. Soup is definitely welcomed in our house.