bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup

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bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

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guys, guys, guys!!!!

today we’re doing an outrageous thing: we’re combining two of my all-time favorite cozy soups into one ridiculously creamy & lusciously cheesy soup. the absolute ultimate stick-to-your-ribs comfort food you need on a cold winter night.

…& then we’re adding bacon to the mix.  bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

say hello to bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. ??? (…told ya…outrageous stuff today!!!)

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pin this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup for later!!!

i am pretty sure i could be president of the soup fan club, if such a thing existed. i know some people are very “soup isn’t a full meal” (ahem, chris, ahem), but i am the opposite. as soon as the temps begin to drop in the fall, soup is pretty much all i have on my mind. i could honestly eat soup for every single meal during the cold months. (& more often than not i do meal prep a pot of chili to reheat during the week for an easy, filling lunch!)

& two of this major soup lover’s all-time favorite comforting soups? beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup. bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

the thought of combining the two first occurred to me a just few weeks ago, on the first really dreary & cold day we had in minnesota this year. my mind wandered to all things soup, which eventually had me thinking about how i could possibly make broccoli cheese soup better than it already is. (i’m telling you, soup daydreams are the kind of thing that only happen to the soup fan club’s strongest presidential contender.)

but it came to me: add beer. & bacon. obviously!bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

& guys? this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is everything (literally EVERYTHING) i’m hyping up to be.

it’s got 3 main layers of flavor: bacon, beer & sharp cheddar (which, i’m pretty sure is the definition of heaven), & they all come together to create the most super duper cheesy, ultra rich & creamy, & totally cozy-comforting soup. it’s so indulgent that it’s definitely not the type of soup you make every single week of the winter, but on the one or two occasions you need an ultra comforting dinner during the cold winter months? you guessed it. bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup to the rescue.

plus, a major bonus…bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is really easy to make on any night of the week.

how to make bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soupbacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

pin this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup for later!!!

just like making any soup from scratch, bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup has a few steps involved. coaxing major flavor out of all of the ingredients takes a little bit, as it should! but, this bacon beer broccoli cheddar soup recipe is really easy to make & there’s some downtime between each step, so you can get some other things done while dinner simmers away to creamy, luscious perfection.

first up? frying up some bacon. bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

this is totally optional, but definitely encouraged since the bacon plays double-duty to add flavor to this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. it’s not only a garnish to sprinkle on top of your bowl of soup (along with a handful of cheese, of course), but the onions & garlic that make up the base of bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup get cooked in bacon fat.

outrageous? yes. so, so good? double yes. bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

next up? make a roux, which is essentially fancy-speak for the combination of fat + flour that’s at the base of almost every creamy sauce or soup you could possibly make.

you’ll sprinkle some flour over the onions & garlic, which have been sizzling away in the bacon fat, & let it cook for 1-2 minutes until it’s pretty deeply browned (brown roux = major flavor) before pouring in the beer.

when it comes to beer, i’ve tested this recipe with both lighter & darker beers. while i’m usually on team light beer, a darker beer, like an amber or porter, definitely shines through in this soup! you can obviously use whatever beer you love, but the flavor of lighter beers (lagers, IPAs) definitely mellow out once the broccoli & cheese were added into the soup.

speaking of! bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

you’ll add some chicken stock & milk (…or cream) to the mix & let everything simmer together for about 5 minutes before tossing in some broccoli & finely shredded carrots. & once they’ve had the chance to soften up, in comes the star of the show…bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

cheeeeeeeeese!!!

specifically, Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. if you guys haven’t tried Tillamook yet, you must. i’ve been absolutely obsessed with them ever since they expanded to the midwest & east coast earlier this year.

not only are their cheeses all absolutely delicious & made from super high quality milk, the Tillamook shredded cheese is INSANELY good. the farmstyle cut of their shreds is larger than many other shredded cheeses. plus! Tillamook takes the melt factor very seriously, which is something this cheese lover can totally appreciate. Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese melts evenly & smoothly, which is actually pretty hard to find in a good sharp cheddar.

& that golden combination of meltiness & flavor absolutely takes this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup to the next level. bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

pin this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup for later!!!

last but not least? you dive on in to your warm & cozy bowl of beer cheese broccoli cheddar heaven, obviously. bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent made with @Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes #ad #Tillamook_Partner #TillamookCheese

(psst! wanna take bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup night completely over the top? add some no-knead spicy cheese bread to the mix. life doesn’t get better than this, i swear.)

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bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup. a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter! #playswellwithbutter #broccolicheddarsoup #broccolicheesesoup #bestbroccolicheesesoup #creamybroccolicheesesoup #beercheesesoup #bestbeercheesesoup #baconbeercheesesoup #comfortfood #comfortfoodrecipes

bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup


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a cross between two classic comforting soups, beer cheese soup & broccoli cheese soup, this bacon beer cheese broccoli cheddar soup is thick, luscious, creamy, & decadent. the ultimate comfort food dinner to warm you up on a cold night this winter!


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  1. Fry the bacon: Add the bacon to a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook until crispy, about 5 minutes, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Carefully pour the bacon fat in the pot into a small bowl or jar for later use.
  2. Cook the aromatics: Place the same pot back over medium heat, adding back 2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon fat and the diced onion. Season with the Kosher salt, then stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add in the minced garlic, Dijon mustard, & paprika and cook, stirring constantly, just until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle in the all-purpose flour and stir to combine. Cook another 1-2 minutes, until the flour is dark in color – that’s where the flavor comes from!
  3. Deglaze: Slowly pour the beer into the soup pot, using a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pot. Allow the beer to reduce down for 1 minute, then pour in the chicken stock and milk or half & half. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the soup is slightly thickened.
  4. Finish the soup: Add in the broccoli and carrots, cooking until the broccoli is bright green and tender, about 5 minutes. If desired, use an immersion blender to blend the soup to your desired consistency (see Recipe Notes). Completely blending the soup will yield a super thick & creamy soup; forgoing blending will make the soup soup-ier. Gently stir in the cheese, until it melts and thickens the soup.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with reserved bacon & extra shredded cheese, and alongside some buttered crusty bread. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Beer: I’ve tested this recipe with both lighter & darker beers. Using a darker beer, like an amber or porter, will definitely cause the beer flavor to shine through in this soup! The flavor of lighter beers, such as your standard lager or an IPA, really mellow out once you add cheese & milk to the mix in this soup. Use what you like to get the desired beer flavor in your beer cheese soup!
  • Blending: This is the immersion blender I use. If you have a stand blender, you could also carefully transfer a portion of the soup to the blender, puree, then add it back into the pot with the remaining un-blended soup. Again, this step is optional based on the consistency you’re after.

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 1.5.21
    Megan said:

    Hi, this looks so delicious! I’m wondering how well it stores; does the cheese glop or anything? Or is this better eaten the evening it’s made? Thanks!

    • 4.9.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Megan! Thank you, we love this soup! As far as storage, the soup will store well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3 days. When reheating you should heat it gently on the stovetop or if you microwave be sure to stir & heat in shorter increments. If needed you can also add a little bit of water or milk to loosen until soup is creamy throughout!

  2. 11.13.20
    Laura B said:

    Dynamite! So so so so good! Thank you for dreaming this up. This will be a great soup to help the soul transition into the colder months ( who am I kidding? I’m from CA- it’s just good for the soul, period!). Made it to exactly as written- with a porter- I’m in love!

    • 3.10.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      We couldn’t agree more, Laura! Soup is always good for the soul, so glad to hear that you enjoyed this cozy soup!

  3. 9.27.20
    Bella said:

    Really excited to make this! I’ve never used beer in soup though and am not familiar with any dark beers! Is there a specific kind (brand) that you life and would recommend? Not sure what it will taste like with the beer so would prefer a tried and true recommendation! Thank you!

    • 4.9.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Bella, we’ve tested this recipe with both lighter & darker beers – so you really can’t go wrong! Using a darker beer, like an amber or porter, will definitely cause the beer flavor to shine through in this soup. The flavor of lighter beers, such as your standard lager or an IPA, really mellow out once you add cheese & milk to the mix in this soup. Here are a few of our tried & true recommendations for this soup:

      If you want something funky, pungent, with a stronger beer flavor: Try a New Castle!
      If you want something Light & a little funky: try an IPA like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or a New Belgium Vodoo Ranger (a little will go a long way!)
      & lastly, if you want to want to use something lighter go with a mild porter or light domestic beer. Our pick would be a Miller High Life.

      Hope that helps!!

  4. 4.13.20
    Laura said:

    I followed the recipe exactly, and I lived in Wisconsin for four years so I have made beer cheese soup before as well as had many versions. This was very watery and the cheese all sank to the bottom. I put in 5 cups of cheese and extra flour and it just didn’t work for me. Two stars only because the flavors were nice. This is not a beer cheese soup.

    • 3.8.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Laura! This soup was developed to be a cross between a Beer Cheese & Broccoli Cheddar soup, as mentioned in the recipe description! As far as the texture, if you have one, an immersion blender can help achieve the consistency you are after & could help combine the cheese (we list this as an optional but helpful step in the directions). Overall, if you are looking for a classic beer cheese soup only – maybe this recipe just isn’t for you!

  5. 4.4.20
    Teresa said:

    Delicious!

    • 4.8.20
      jess said:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed, Teresa! Thanks for leaving a rating for this recipe!!

  6. 3.23.20
    Kuulei said:

    I have a bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower mix. Can I use that?

    • 4.9.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi there! We have never tested using frozen broccoli or cauliflower but it should work just fine. Simply swap the fresh for frozen & let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

  7. 2.15.20
    Lynn said:

    Is it heavy cream or half-and-half? The ingredient list says half-and-half the directions say heavy cream.

    • 2.18.20
      jess said:

      Oh, good catch, Lynn! Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I suggest using either whole milk or half & half, though heavy cream would make it extra creamy & delicious too. You really can’t go wrong – just adjust salt levels to taste, as heavy cream would require more seasoning than whole milk. I’ve updated the recipe card – hope this helps! Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.

  8. 11.12.19
    lauren said:

    one of my favorite comfort foods is broccoli cheddar soup. This is an amazing one that added beer for the husband,plan on making it again soon.

  9. 10.29.18
    Elizabeth said:

    Thank you ! I actually tried it in a crock pot and it turned out great 🙂 I cooked it for four hours and added the milk and cheese at the end of the cooking period . Such a delicious soup !

  10. 10.28.18
    elizabeth said:

    Looks delicious =) Do you think its possible to make this using a crock pot?!

    • 10.29.18
      jess said:

      hey elizabeth! i’ve never tried to make this soup in a crock pot or instant pot. normally i’d say absolutely, but i’m not sure if the veggies would get too soggy or mushy with the slow cook. if you wanted to try, i’d just omit the cheese til the end & stir it in – cheese can get kinda funky in a slow cooker! please let me know if you try! xo

  11. 10.23.18
    Christina said:

    Yum! Going on my list of soups to make for maternity leave 🙂