Cheddar Cheese Soup

Creamy, delicious, addictively good! This soup is a terrific one pot meal! And, as a bonus, it goes great with an Irish Red Ale!



1 pound applewood smoked bacon, chopped

2 cups chopped onions

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup all purpose flour

4 cups chicken stock

4 cups milk

1 pound Irish Cheddar

Half (about 6 ounces) of an Irish Red Ale

2 Tablespoons Tabasco

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire


  1. Cook bacon over medium heat in a heavy pot until crisp.
  2. Stir in onions and celery.
  3. Cook until vegetables have softened and onions are translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Mix in flour.
  5. Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes.
  6.  Stir in broth. 
  7. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes over low to medium-low heat.
  8. Add milk.
  9. Cook, without boiling, another 15-20 minutes.
  10. Stir in cheese and continue stirring until it melts.
  11. Add beer.
  12. Stir in Tabasco and Worcestershire.
  13. Serve.


We used Kerrygold Irish Cheddar and Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale.


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