Beer-Cheddar Soup

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
Avoid using dark beer, which could make the soup too bitter. Toast the bread cubes a day ahead, cool, and store at room temperature. Serve the soup in a tureen with the toasted bread cubes and chives on the side, and let guests help themselves.

Yield:

12 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup soup, about 1 ounce bread cubes, and 1 teaspoon chives)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 172
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 5.4 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 0.6 g
Polyfat 0.2 g
Protein 8.1 g
Carbohydrate 22.9 g
Fiber 1.6 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 371 mg
Calcium 165 mg

Ingredients

10 ounce sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
Cooking spray
2 cups chopped onion (about 2 medium)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded extrasharp cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°.

Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan; coat bread cubes with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until toasted. Set aside.

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in beer; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes or until onion is very tender.

Place beer mixture and 1 cup broth in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in remaining 3 cups broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and 1 cup milk, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and remaining 1 cup milk to pan; cook 12 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove pan from heat. Gradually add cheese, stirring until smooth. Stir in pepper. Serve with bread cubes and chives.

Note:

Julianna Grimes Bottcher,

November 2007