I don't know about you guys but I am soooo ready for spring! Here in frigid Massachusetts, we've had a snow storm pretty much every week. And it's been so cold. I keep joking with my sister that lives out in California that I'm going to be moving out there soon…at the rate of snow we're getting…I don't know if I'm going to be joking anymore. I am seriously considering it. I say this every winter though…one day it will happen.
In the meantime, I'll just keep making comforting foods to warm my insides until the sun decides to show it's face again to melt the mountains of snow we have out here now. One of those warm and comforting dishes I made the other day was Beer and Cheddar Soup.
Soup and Beer. How can you go wrong!? Both are comforting and both warm the insides. :-) And when combined you get this delicious warm and comforting food.
Beer and Cheddar Soup
- 1 1/2 cups diced carrots
- 1 1/2 cups diced onion
- 1 1/2 cups diced celery
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups beer
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup flour
- 4 cups milk
- 6 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
In a large saucepan melt butter and sauté carrots, onions, and celery until tender. Stir in flour. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and beer; add salt, pepper, mustard, hot sauce, and Worcestershire. Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 10 minutes. Add milk - DO NOT BOIL - stir in cheese until melted. Serve warm.
Serve this soup with a simple Cesar salad and you will be warmed up in no time.