Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bacon Beer Cheese Soup with Chicken

This rich beer soup has so much cheese - plus bacon and chicken for heartiness!

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I have no idea what happened, but I now love beer cheese soup. I still don't like and won't drink a beer, even the wheat ones that are fine, in my opinion. But I love beer cheese soup. There is just something about a beer that adds such perfect flavor to the soup, a richness and tang. Typically, these soups only have bacon, but this one has chicken plus croutons and chives. It is such a well-rounded, hearty soup. It's perfect for this time of year!

What you need:
  • 1 pkg. bacon, diced
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-size pieces
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 1 Tbsp. pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder 
  • 1/4 to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup Belgian-style wheat beer
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 8 oz. shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Chopped chives, for garnish
  • Croutons, for garnish
  1. Cook bacon in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Reserve 1 Tbsp. bacon grease in the pot.
  2. Add chicken to the pot and season with 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook until done. Remove with a slotted spoon to the same plate as the bacon.
  3. Add butter to pot and stir until melted. Whisk in flour and seasonings. Cook for 1 minute while whisking.
  4. Add beer and whisk. Cook for 2 more minutes. Then add chicken broth and reduce heat to medium.
  5. Add cheese slowly, whisking a little in at a time until melted and incorporated.
  6. Add Worcestershire sauce, chicken, and bacon. Stir. Simmer until ready to dip up.
  7. Serve with bacon, chives, and croutons.
Recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian

If you are up for trying something new, this German Pea Soup with Egg Dumplings is wonderful. The dumplings remind me of gnocchi! And if you're wanting some more beer cheese in your life, definitely try this Beer Bacon and Cheese Dip from Bread Booze Bacon.


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