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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Beer Cheese Soup

Source: Cooking Light

4 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
1 1/4 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold potato (about 10 ounces)
Cooking spray
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced carrot
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
2 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) can beer
Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Simmer 2 cups broth and potato in a small saucepan. Cook 15 minutes or until potato is tender. Transfer potato mixture to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid spills). Blend until smooth. Set mixture aside.

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, celery, and carrot to pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, remaining 2 1/2 cups broth, and milk in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick; stir constantly with a whisk. Add potato mixture, sharp cheddar cheese, and next 5 ingredients (through salt) to pan; cook for 1 minute or until cheese melts, stirring constantly. Add beer to pan; bring to a simmer. Cook 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Garnish with black pepper, if desired.


Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups) - This was more like 6 servings for us.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: CALORIES 363(30% from fat); FAT 12.2g (sat 7.7g,mono 3.5g,poly 0.6g); PROTEIN 20.7g; CHOLESTEROL 39mg; CALCIUM 480mg; SODIUM 884mg; FIBER 3.4g; IRON 2.1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 41.8g

Linda Vujnov
Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2006

2 comments:

  1. My eyes can't believe what I'm seeing - beer cheese soup?? It looks pretty tasty, but as someone who cannot stand the smell or taste of beer, how does it come through in the final product?

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  2. Hi Ellie. :) Hmmm...I like beer, so it's hard to say if it's obvious as a "beer" flavor or not. I used a lager - a stronger beer - so I think the beer flavor probably came through more than it would with maybe a light beer. Still, it's more of an overall alcohol kind of flavor to me rather than specific to beer. But again, I'm like the taste of beer..............

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