Easy One Pot Irish Cheddar Cheese Soup

Staying warm with this decadent Cheddar Cheese Soup. Applewood smoked bacon sautéed with onions and celery, lots of cheese, milk, and a splash of beer to create the perfect and incredibly flavorful soup! Enjoy each bowl with our pizza dough pretzels or even some pretzel bread. It’s creamy, flavorful, and one of the coziest bowls of soup you’ll enjoy this winter!

Three white farmhouse bowls of cheddar cheese soup with a pretzel on a concrete board

If I had to make a list of my favorite things about winter, the top thing would be soup. I mean, there are so many great winter foods but soup is something that can be made with anything and it’s always a great comfort food.

To be honest, the inspiration for this recipe came from one of my all-time favorite dishes at Disney. It can be found in the Canadian Pavilion at Epcot. Every time we go to Disney, it’s the one thing I always get!

Of course, when I came home and dug around in the fridge, I didn’t have any Canadian beer or cheese.

But I did have some Irish beer and cheese that I had been meaning to use.

Two white farmhouse bowls of cheddar cheese soup on a concrete board with a spoon.

I can not tell you how good this soup is! It went from amazing to absolutely extraordinary! Who knew? It is so creamy and luscious! You will definitely find yourself going back for seconds!

The pretzels were a last minute idea because Disney serves their Canadian cheddar cheese soup with a pretzel bread and I just so happened to have some left over pizza dough in the fridge. I had always wanted to try and shape pretzels so, this perfect opportunity!

They turned out SO well and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be.

True enough, they are not traditional pretzels but it’s close enough! It’s a fun way to learn how to shape them and it’s definitely so much easier to make.

a white farmhouse bowl full of cheddar cheese soup with a silver spoon in it and a pretzel.

How do you make Cheddar Cheese Soup?

Prep is important with this recipe! Trust me, you don’t wanna be trying to cook and chop and measure things all at once. So, get your ingredients together first.

ingredients for cheddar cheese soup in glass bowls

Now, in medium sized stock pot, sauté the chopped bacon until browned and crispy.

Add the chopped onion and celery. Cook until tender and the onions become translucent. This should take about 6 minutes.

Stir in your flour. Be careful to not splash any oil! Let this cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly to ensure it doesn’t burn.

Add the chicken stock next, stirring slowly! Again, let this cook for a few minutes.

The milk comes next. Once incorporated, let this lightly simmer for about 20 minutes.

Stir in the cheese and allow it to melt. Add the beer, followed by the tabasco and worcestershire.

Serve with some pretzel’s and enjoy!

Is cheddar cheese soup gluten free?

As much as I hate to say it, this recipe is not gluten free. There is flour in this recipe which is what allows it to thicken up.

a white farmhouse bowl full of cheddar cheese soup with a silver spoon in it.

Can cheddar cheese soup be frozen?

I’ve never frozen this recipe. Honestly, there’s never really enough left except for a few days of leftovers in the fridge. I personally wouldn’t freeze this recipe but it does hold for almost a week in the fridge!

three white farmhouse bowls of cheddar cheese soup with two spoons and three pretzels.

Expert Tips:

  • Make sure to chop, grate, and measure everything out before you start cooking this recipe.
  • We used Smithwick’s Irish Ale and Kerrygold Dubliner White Cheddar for this recipe. You don’t have to use these exact ingredients but they are absolutely delicious in this soup!
  • Don’t boil this soup. A low simmer is all you need. Keep an eye on it as you cook!

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Three white farmhouse bowls of cheddar cheese soup with a pretzel on a concrete board

Easy One Pot Irish Cheddar Cheese Soup

Traci
Creamy, delicious, and addictively good! This cheddar cheese soup is a terrific one pot meal!
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Soups and Stews
Cuisine American
Servings 3 quarts
Calories 474 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound applewood smoked bacon chopped
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups [chicken stock]
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 pound Irish Cheddar grated
  • ¾ cup Irish Red Ale room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons tabasco
  • 2 Tablespoons worcestershire

Instructions

  • Cook bacon over medium heat in a medium sized pot until crisp.
  • Stir in onions and celery.
  • Cook until all vegetables have softened and onions are translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Mix in flour.
  • Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in broth.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • Add milk.
  • Cook, without boiling, another 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir in cheese and continue stirring until it melts
  • Add beer.
  • Stir in tabasco and worcestershire.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • Make sure to chop, grate, and measure everything out before you start cooking this recipe.
  • We used Smithwick’s Irish Ale and Kerrygold Dubliner White Cheddar for this recipe. You don’t have to use these exact ingredients but they are absolutely delicious in this soup!
  • Don’t boil this soup. A low simmer is all you need. Keep an eye on it as you cook!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 474kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 28gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 1137mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8g

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