Otto's beer cheese soup

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
115g butter
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
65g chopped carrot
80g chopped celery
140g plain flour
475ml chicken stock
1 (340ml) bottle pale ale or other beer of choice
200g extra-mature Cheddar, grated
200g processed Swiss cheese, grated
475ml single cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
450g smoked sausage
1) Melt the butter in a stockpot over a medium heat. Add the chopped onion, carrot and celery and saute until softened. Add the flour and cook for about five minutes, stirring often.

2) Add the chicken stock and beer and heat until it comes to a boil. Slowly add the cheese while stirring, until just boiling and smooth. Add the single cream, salt, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce.

3) Reduce the heat to low and cook until the soup has thickened. Cut the smoked sausage into 1cm pieces and place in a saucepan. Saute the sausage over a medium heat until heated through, about five to seven minutes.

4) Add the sausage to the soup and stir in to distribute. Transfer to a large serving bowl, or to individual soup bowls, and serve hot.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Networks chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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