This hearty Vegetarian Beer Cheese Soup takes about 30 minutes to make and comes together all in one pot! It's so cheesy and creamy, you'd never guess that it's actually loaded with veggies! Carrot, celery, onion, and potato are the dream team that makes this simple soup recipe taste phenomenal while still delivering your daily dose of vegetables.
To save time, prep the veggies a day ahead of time! Get your carrots, celery, onion, and garlic sliced up to a day in advance and store them in an airtight container in the fridge until you're ready to use. If you want to prep the potatoes ahead of time too, go for it - just make sure you keep them submerged in water in an airtight container in the fridge so they don't turn brown. I wouldn't recommend prepping the veggies more than 24 hours in advance, however as the potatoes will begin to break down and the other veggies will start to lose a bit of their flavor.
Use a beer you enjoy drinking for this beer cheese soup recipe - unless it's Bud Light or something similar. You're going to want something with more flavor than that. I recommend finding a locally brewed IPA, lager, or ale. Steer clear of dark beers like stouts for this soup as their flavor will be too overpowering.
Sharp cheddar cheese, extra sharp cheddar, or extra sharp white cheddar cheese will all work well in this recipe. Sharp cheddar cheese does have quite a strong flavor on its own, but you want a cheese with a bold flavor so it can stand up to the other flavors (especially the beer) in this soup recipe.
Another one of my favorite types of cheese to use in this soup is something smoked - smoked Gouda or smoked cheddar both taste great and melt easily. That smoky flavor pairs very well with the beer. If planning to try a different cheese, just make sure to use something that melts easily.
Pro-tip for ensuring your cheese melts evenly and easily = always buy a block of cheese and shred it yourself. Pre-shredded cheese is coated in cellulose to keep it from clumping, but this also prevents it from melting. It's usually cheaper to buy a block of cheese versus the bag too!
This soup will stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days and reheats beautifully with just a splash of milk/cream and a few pinches of salt. Heat soup in a saucepan over medium heat, adding a splash or two of milk or cream, until heated through. Then season to taste with salt and pepper. And don't be afraid of the salt! As the soup sits, it's going to lose flavor a bit. Adding salt before serving is going to boost all of those flavors.
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