Ale & Cheddar soup

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I found this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago, and my mouth has been watering ever since.  So the other evening I thought it was the perfect time to go ahead and end my salivating problem & make the darn soup already.

{1} onion, diced
{2} stalks celery, diced
{2-4} jalapeno pepper, diced
{2} cloves garlic 
{1} teaspoon thyme, chopped
{2} tablespoons butter
{1/4} cup flour
{1} bottle ale
{2} cups chicken broth
{1/2} cup heavy cream
{1} teaspoon Dijon mustard 
{1} tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
{2} cups cheddar cheese, shredded
cayenne pepper, salt, & black pepper to taste

Cook bacon in pan over medium heat, then set aside on a plate to drain some of the grease.  Use at least 2 tablespoons of the leftover bacon grease from the bacon pan to saute the onion, celery, & jalapeno's; cook over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes.  Then add garlic & thyme and cook for 1 minute more, or until the delicious smells fill your kitchen.  Then add the butter, let it melt and get bubbly.
Once butter has melted, sprinkle in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring frequently, mixture will get golden brown.  Then add ale, chicken broth, & bacon cook for around 10 minutes.  Add cream, mustard, Worcestershire sauce & cheddar cheese next.  Cook over low heat until cheese has melted.
Seriously, does it get much better than bacon, cheese, & jalapenos!?! I think not. Oh, back to the recipe.  Add cayenne, salt & black pepper to taste.  Garnish with fresh chopped jalapenos.  Makes around 4 servings, and all in all takes around and hour to make!
Well with all those decadent ingredients, how do you think it tasted?  It was simply heavenly.  Chris, David, & I devoured every single spoonful.  It is rather on the heavy side so I just made a light salad to go with our soup.  If you're worried about all the fat & calories just have a small bowl, it will still fill you up and you can have just a taste of all that delicious goodness!

And with everything I make, I alter to our liking.  For example, whenever a recipe calls for garlic, I always add more than specified, we love garlic in this family.  And with the jalapenos you can cut the the seeds out, but I never do, the hotter the better!!

Enjoy my little jalapenos!! 

original recipe found here


  1. That soup was AMAZING! Your such an awesome cook. Can't wait to see what you have in the makings for this evening...

  2. I took these recipes! Cant wait to try them! Yumm!