Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cheesy Potato Beer Soup

I make a lot of soup during the winter.  Here is one of my favorites.  Like many of my other recipes, it was originally torn from a magazine but I've adapted it in so many ways that it bears no resemblance to the original.

Start by chopping ham, onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes.

Heat some butter and add the onions, ham and carrots.  I let these cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the celery and cook for another 5 minutes or so, stirring frequently.  Then add the broth and the potatoes, cover, and let cook for about 15 minutes.

When the potatoes test done, add beer.  I've learned an important lesson- only use beer you like.  Someone brought us some beer that Steve didn't like, so I figured I'd use it up in this soup.  Well, it turns out that if you add beer you don't like, you'll end up with soup you don't like.  I'm not a beer drinker, but I do like Steve's favorite- Shiner Bock.  It's very tasty in this soup.

Remove the soup from the heat and stir in all but a few tablespoons of the cheese.  I used a 4 cheese blend here, but anything will work.  Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the reserved cheese.


Cheesy Potato Beer Soup


                                 2 T butter                           2 large potatoes, chopped
                                 1/4 c. ham, diced               2 c. broth
                                 1/2 c. onion, chopped        12 oz. beer
                                 1 c. carrots, chopped          1 c. grated cheese
                                 2 celery ribs, chopped


Heat butter in a large pot over medium high heat.  Add ham, onion and carrots.  Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add celery and cook for another 5 minutes.  The onion should be translucent and the ham and vegetables should have some browning.  Add the potatoes and broth.  Reduce heat to medium low, cover and let simmer approximately 15 minutes, or until the potatoes test done.  Add beer.  Remove from heat and stir in all but a few tablespoons of the cheese.  Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with the reserved cheese.

4 comments:

  1. Okay, now I'm hungry! LOL It sounds yummy.

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  2. Oh my goodness, Cindy! This looks delicious and right up my husband's alley! Thanks so much for sharing!

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