Mushroom & Bacon Beer Cheese Soup
This is an oldie but a goodie … a recipe I’m re-posting because it would be perfect for the frigid winter we’re having this year.
I had the urge to make beer cheese soup the other day … and there was just a bit of bacon sitting there needing to be used, and then while retrieving the garlic, I ran across some mushrooms … so they hopped in the soup too. And then I stumbled across some pumpkin puree in the freezer, and because it was so good in the macaroni and cheese, I threw in some pumpkin puree too. And that’s how this soup happened.
- 2 slices of uncooked bacon
- 3/4 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
- 2 -3 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 cups of 1 % milk
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 loose cup of shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese (gently place the cheese in the cup so it fluffs up--don't pack it in)
- 1/2 loose cup of shredded gouda cheese (again, very loosely placed in the cup)
- 1 Tablespoon shredded gruyere cheese
- 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of Red Robin Seasoning (if you don't have any, here's a recipe ... or use your favorite seasoned salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup brown ale (or your favorite brew--I used the Leinenkugel Fireside Nut Brown Ale)
- For garnish: crumbled bits of bacon, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh parsley leaves
- In a saucepan (I mean the pan you're going to cook the soup in), fry the bacon until it's crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and crumble it up into little bits. Set it aside for now.
- Pour some of the excess fat from the pan, then add the onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Over medium-high heat, saute them in the bacon fat until the onions are soft and translucent and the mushrooms are limp.
- Add the flour to the pan and stir, coating all your little shrooms and onions and garlic bits in flour.
- Add the milk and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for about 5 - 10 minutes or so or until the mixture thickens.
- Add the pumpkin puree, shredded cheeses, most of the bacon bits (reserving a few for garnish), and the seasonings and cook for a few minutes longer until the cheese melts.
- Just before serving, stir in the beer. The soup will froth up for a moment, but then it will calm down again, just in time to serve it.
- Pour into bowls and top with shredded cheese, the reserved bacon bits, and fresh parsley leaves. Some people like to put popcorn on their beer cheese soup. That's fun too.
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