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.

4
Servings
1242
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
51g
73%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
24g
100%
Cholesterol
341mg
100%
Carbohydrate, by difference
91g
70%
Protein
104g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
345µg
49%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
10mg
13%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
12µg
13%
Calcium, Ca
551mg
55%
Choline, total
230mg
54%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
97µg
24%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
123mg
38%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
16mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
4mg
80%
Phosphorus, P
862mg
100%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
84µg
100%
Sodium, Na
1016mg
68%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
502g
19%
Zinc, Zn
12mg
100%

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Irish Cooking Tip

Try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.