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Irish Ale Potato Cheddar Soup

Use St Patrick’s Day as the best excuse to indulge in this comforting, hearty, Irish soup
Cheddar Soup

Photo Modified: Flickr / Kathryn Decker / CC BY 4.0

This is a rich Irish soup, made with filling potatoes, a light ale, and plenty of sharp Cheddar cheese.

This recipe is courtesy of How Sweet Eats.


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 Pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 6 Cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 12 Ounces Irish ale
  • 8 Ounces sharp Irish Cheddar cheese, grated, plus more for serving
  • 3 Tablespoons cream, for garnish
  • Basil, for garnish
  • Red pepper flakes, for garnish


Heat a large pot over medium heat, and add the olive oil and butter. Stir in the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and just beginning to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes.

Add in the potatoes, stock, and ale. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Blend the soup until smooth.

Return the soup to the heat, and slowly stir in the grated cheese, one handful at a time, until it has all melted. Taste and season as desired.

Serve the soup with a splash of cream, a few basil leaves, a sprinkling of cheese, and a pinch of red pepper flakes on top.