Beer Cheese Soup


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Here’s a simple recipe for beer cheese soup in the slow cooker. This creamy soup has excellent flavor and plenty of cheese, beer, and bacon! You only need to add bread to make this a complete meal.

Beer is a great ingredient to flavor dishes in the slow cooker. Also, try my Beer Cheese Dip, Garlic Beer French Dips, Beer Brats, or even my Beer, Onion, and Ketchup Chuck Roast.

cooked beer cheese soup in the crockpot.

Why this crockpot beer cheese soup recipe works

Beer Cheese Soup, anyone? The first time I tried this soup was at a Halloween party about ten years ago. My friend brought this soup in a slow cooker, and I probably ate half of that pot of soup myself! I have been in love with this soup ever since. This Slow Cooker Beer Cheese soup has a rich flavor and delicious taste but is not completely overpowered by the beer.

To thicken this beer cheese soup for the slow cooker, I use flour and heavy cream. Also, you must use freshly shredded cheese in this recipe, for it melts smoothly and won’t be gritty. And I always serve this soup with sourdough bread and butter.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for beer cheese soup on a table.
  • Chicken Broth: When you add chicken broth (or chicken stock) to a recipe as a soup base, you can add a blast of flavor that you obviously don’t get when you use water.
  • Beer: Although you can use your favorite beer, I went with a Pilsner. I highly recommend using a light beer.
  • Bacon: Cooked and sliced bacon adds two unique things to this beer cheese – flavor and texture.
  • Heavy Cream, Flour, and Sharp Cheddar Cheese: These ingredients are added towards the end of cooking time to thicken the soup.
  • Vegetables: Carrots, celery, and onion not only add heartiness to the beer cheese soup, but they each carry a flavor that marries well together during cooking time.
  • Seasonings: Salt, black pepper, and a bay leaf are used for seasoning.

Step-by-Step Directions

6 images showing how to make beer cheese soup in the slow cooker.

Step One – Add the bacon, carrots, onion, celery, salt, pepper, and bay leaf to the crockpot. Pour over the chicken broth and beer—cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.

Step Two – Whisk together the heavy cream and flour in a small bowl. Be sure it is mixed very well.

Step Three – Remove the bay leaf and pour the cream mixture into the soup. Mix until well combined.

Step Four – Recover and cook for 20 more minutes on HIGH.

Step Five – Shred the block of cheese and slowly stir in the shredded cheddar cheese, about a half cup at a time.

Step Six – Stir and allow the cheese to melt. Serve and enjoy!

cooked beer cheese soup with a wooden spoon in it.

What to serve with beer cheese soup

  • Bread is one of the first things to grab when serving soup. For this particular blend, you can serve parmesan-crusted breadsticks, pretzel rolls, crusty bread, garlic toast, crackers, or even a dinner roll brushed with butter.
  • For a light and fresh pair, go for a garden fresh side salad or fresh fruit.
  • If you’re looking to wow your guests, serve a couple of scoops inside sourdough bread bowl.
  • For toppings, you can never go wrong with saltine crackers or oyster crackers. A sprinkle of green onions and more cheese is also great too.
2 bowls of beer cheese soup and some in the slow cooker.

Recipe FAQs

How can I make this soup smooth?

To create a smoother soup, use an immersion blender, pulsing for a few seconds at a time until you get the consistency you want.

What is the BEST beer for this recipe?

The idea behind using a light beer is so the taste doesn’t overpower the soup. However, depending on your pallet preference, you may want to try a pale ale.

Is there a way to make this soup taste less like beer?

Yes. You can add more broth, sour cream, or Worcestershire sauce.

Can I use a different broth?

This will depend on preference; however, the most commonly exchanged broth is vegetable broth.

Can I make this soup on the stove top?

It can easily be cooked on the stove top. Combine all ingredients (except the flour, cream and cheese) and cook for at least an hour to give flavors time to marinade together and the vegetables to soften. Add the remaining ingredients when the vegetables are tender.

How do I store the leftovers?

Place any remaining soup into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to one week.

close up of beer cheese soup in a bowl with wooden small spoon.

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cooked beer cheese soup with a wooden spoon in it.

Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Soup

4.56 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Beer, bacon and sharp cheddar cheese make for a perfect bowl of soup.

Ingredients 
 

  • 8 slices bacon, sliced, cooked and drained
  • ½ cup minced carrots
  • ½ cup minced sweet yellow onion
  • ½ cup minced celery
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup beer – I use pilsner, (use a light beer)

WAIT TO ADD

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz. fresh finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, buy a block, not preshredded

Instructions 

  • Add the bacon, carrots, onion, celery, salt, pepper and bay leaf to the slow cooker. Pour over the chicken broth and beer. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours. It will take that long to get the vegetables ultra-soft.
  • After the cooking time is up. Whisk together the heavy cream and flour in a small bowl, very well. Remove the bay leaf. Pour the cream mixture into the soup and whisk until combined. Place the lid back on the slow cooker and let cook for 20 more minutes on high.
  • Shred the cheese on the fine setting while the slow cooker warms the soup back up.
  • Slowly stir in the cheese (about a half cup at a time). Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Freshly shredded cheese from a block is best when making soups. Prepackaged shredded cheese has anti-caking ingredients which keeps it from melting smoothly.
  • Don’t be tempted to add more beer, it will make the soup far too bitter tasting.
  • It can easily be cooked on the stove top. Combine all ingredients (except the flour, cream and cheese) and cook for at least an hour to give flavors time to marinade together and the vegetables to soften. Add the remaining ingredients when the vegetables are tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1056mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3087IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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31 Comments

  1. Donna Kulick says:

    I do not have a slow cooker, can I just let it simmer instead?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, that will work great for this recipe.

  2. Donna says:

    How do you increase the number of servings?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I would double the recipe, that would be the easiest.

  3. Linda Kuehl says:

    Can I make this a day ahead and reheat? I have to drive 4 hours to Milw and don’t need a lot of work when I get there. I don’t drink beer so can I add the beer, cheese & flour the next day? I’m going to stop at a tavern to get the beer in a container. What should I use if not a pilsner? My daughter doesn’t want potatoes in it – that makes me sad. How many will this serve? She wants enough for 20 people… Please send answer to my email below by Thursday AM if at all possible!

    Thanks a bunch, Linda K.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I would prepare the entire recipe ahead of time and slowly reheat on the stovetop. Any type of light beer will work great.

      1. Linda Kuehl says:

        Thanks Sarah!
        Linda K.

  4. Debbie says:

    Where is the other 4 hours of cook time?

  5. Anonymous says:

    5 stars
    Tasted very good. Was pretty thick so I will probably add another cup of chicken broth next time.

  6. Bill Vincent says:

    has anyone used extra sharp white cheddar in this recipe?