Cheddar-Ale Soup

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Cheddar-Ale Soup

Cheddar-Ale Soup

Our cheese- and beer-lover’s potato soup has only a fraction of the fat and sodium of a traditional recipe. We use low-fat milk and only a little oil and keep the flavor strong with zesty, sharp Cheddar cheese. Precooked diced potatoes, which you can get at many supermarkets, keep this recipe super speedy. Regular diced red potatoes also work—you’ll just need to increase the cooking time.

Serves 6

Prep Time 35 min

Total Time 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 12-ounce b beer, preferably ale
  • 2 18-ounce b precooked diced peeled potatoes, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1 14-ounce c vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups nonfat or low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced or finely chopped

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add beer; bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, broth and water; cover and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and mash the potatoes with a potato masher to the desired consistency.

Step 2

Whisk milk and flour and add to the soup. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in 1 1/4 cups Cheddar and stir until melted. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and bell pepper.


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