We want our customers to live well, eat deliciously, and cook with passion! In that spirit, we’ve put together an ever-growing bunch of recipes we believe in. They’re tested by cooks and chefs who adore the kitchen, cooked and served in our own café, and gathered by foodies we know and love. All of our recipes incorporate seasonal, healthy ingredients that you can find in our store.
Cheddar and Beer Soup with Hearty Homemade Croutons
This soup is perfect for a cold winter evening!
½ lb hearty bread, cut into ¾” cubes
7 TB olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled & chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
⅓ cup AP flour
1 12-oz bottle beer; mild ales or lagers
1 TB mustard
2 cups milk
3 cups vegetable broth
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated
minced chives, for garnish
Preheat oven to 250F. In a large bowl, toss bread with olive oil and spread evenly on ungreased baking sheet. Bake about 30 minutes until crisp, tossing once. Set aside.
Heat oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add onion, carrots, and celery; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are softened, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes. Add the beer and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. While stirring, add mustard, milk, and broth. Increase heat to med-high and bring soup to a gentle simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes. Lower heat to med-low and add cheese in small batches, stirring constantly, until all the cheese is melted. Do not to let the soup boil. Season with salt & pepper, and serve. Top each bowl with chives and hearty croutons.