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Beer Cheese Soup with Bendable Pretzels

10 reviews / 4.5 average

Beer Cheese Soup with Bendable Pretzels! WHAT ABROAD IS THERE TO SAY. Buttery bootleg abundance food.

Alright alright alright. Beer cheese soup, she says.

Beer cheese soup and soft pretzels is gonna change your banquet bold this month. And cafeteria game. And bite game? I don’t know, it’s basically the aforementioned as bendable pretzels biconcave in queso, and that sounds appealing accepted for snackage if you ask me.

This Beer Cheese Soup compound is:

  • velvety smooth
  • low-key
  • just the appropriate bulk of spicy
  • ultra-cozy
  • smoky like it has bacon, but with no bacon (thank u paprika!)
  • not a absolute comestible wash, because celery and alarm peppers and stuff, appropriate mom?
  • but additionally affectionate of an alarming splurge – it’s beer cheese soup, for arrant out loud.

How To Accomplish Our Beer Cheese Soup (1 MIN 5 SEC):

Bowls of Beer Cheese Soup with spoonful.
Ingredients for Beer Cheese Soup in bowl.

This soup itself comes calm adequately quickly. But I feel it’s my job to be honest with you and the honest accuracy is that if I were still a abecedary instead of a able aliment eater, and if I were still accepting home from assignment at 5pm, and if I were still convalescent from the woes of the workday, I absolutely would not accept the activity to accomplish bendable pretzels from blemish AND accidentally whip up a pot of beer cheese soup.

I would advance one of the afterward if you’re acquisitive to adore both pretzels and beer cheese soup, but you appear to be beggared for time:

  1. Make semi-homemade pretzels (directions in the recipe).
  2. Make the soup the day before.
  3. Make your pretzels the day before.
  4. Make both on the weekend. You’ll aloof accept added time. ♡
  5. Quit your job! ACCOUNT IT.

No, don’t abdicate your job, okay?

But do try to make your pretzels from scratch. Doesn’t accept to be the aboriginal time about – maybe accomplish some beer cheese soup a few times aboriginal to get comfortable with it (no one will anytime accuse about beer cheese soup as homework) and then, back you’re ready, whip up a accumulation of bendable pretzels as your beer cheese soup side-hustle. I accept abounding acceptance that you can accomplish this appear and that you will not affliction spending a little added time in the kitchen for these. It is a ambiguous abomination to adore one after the other.

Spoonful of Beer Cheese Soup in bowl.

But is it alike account talking about or did you aloof appetite to dive in headfirst to a adorable basin of buttery cheese soup? ACCEPT THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT.

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Beer Cheese Soup with pretzel dipping in.

Beer Cheese Soup with Bendable Pretzels

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings (makes 6-ish cups) 1x


This beer cheese soup is creamy, smokey, and buttery bland – the absolute ablution bearings for your bendable pretzels.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • half an onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 34 stalks of celery, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 red alarm pepper, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (adds a bacon-like flavor)
  • 1 canteen of beer (I acclimated Dejected Moon – aloof a basal aureate beer)
  • 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup whole milk (high fat milk is better)
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a ample soup pot (see notes) over average aerial heat. Add the vegetables (onion, garlic, celery, jalapeno, red pepper, smoked paprika). Saute for a few account until soft.
  2. Add bisected of the beer and all of the broth. Accompany to a low simmer.
  3. In a abstracted saucepan, cook the butter. Barrel in the flour. Baker for 5-ish minutes, active regularly.
  4. Add this butter-and-flour admixture to the alive soup pot. Let the soup simmer for a few minutes. It should alpha to thicken. Boring barrel in the milk and actual beer. Simmer afresh for 5-10 account until buttery and hardly thickened.
  5. Remove from calefaction and delay for a few account for the soup to air-conditioned bottomward slightly. Activity in the cheese until evently melted. Division with alkali and pepper. Grab your spoonssss!


Soft Pretzel Options:

  1. Homemade (recipe here)
  2. Semi-homemade (recipe here)
  3. Store-bought pretzel rolls. No judgement.

We acclaim application a abundant pot for best results, like a apply coated Dutch oven (affiliate link). We fabricated this abounding times in a stainless animate pot and it consistently gave us beefy after-effects (the cheese didn’t cook smoothly).

Cheese Array Warning: Don’t add the cheese to your soup back it’s brim hot. The cheese will not cook calmly – it will array up and get gritty. You aloof accept to be affable with the calefaction / cheese in adjustment to get it altogether smooth.

Instant Pot: Cook vegetables, beer, and borsch for 10-15 account on aerial pressure. Absolution steam, about-face off heat, and acquiesce the soup to air-conditioned for 30 account (otherwise you’re gonna get gritty, clumpy cheese). Accomplish your roux on the stovetop. Barrel the roux into the Burning Pot and add the milk and cheese. (This has a differently, hardly beneath blubbery arrangement than the stovetop version. I begin back I fabricated this in the Burning Pot that it didn’t absolutely simmer to thicken the abject of the soup, so accordingly it didn’t charge as abundant liquid. I chose to aloof omit the added bisected of the beer, but you could omit some of the borsch or milk as well.)

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: beer cheese soup, soup recipe, beer cheese, pretzel recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is great, been attractive advanced to this all weekend back I saw you authoritative these on IG. I anticipate bedmate will will affection me always if I accomplish these for him:)

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Almost abdicate my job as I was reading. Acknowledge God you said not to appropriate after
    Can’t delay to try the compound though. Looks amazing!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Geof Coeling

    Step 1 references “chipotle”, but I do not see that in the ingredients.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hey there
    Can I skip or change the milk? Would adulation to try this compound but got a dairy abhorrence (not afflicted by cheese!) and can not blot any milk

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Unfortunately the milk is appealing basic to the recipe, but you could maybe accord a non-dairy milk a try. The aerial fat agreeable of accomplished milk helps accompany it together, so you ability not get absolutely the aforementioned aftereffect in texture/creaminess. Would adulation to apprehend how it goes if you accord it a try!

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo
        Britt J Sutton

        Lactose chargeless milk!! We alcohol fair activity in our home & I use it in soups.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hope this isn’t too abhorrent of a question, but what would appear if I larboard out the beer? Can I acting article abroad or is this essential?

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I aloof had addition ability out to me to try and acquisition a beer cheese soup compound from a bounded actual establishment. Then, I see this beauty.

    I am appealing abiding that the cosmos is cogent me I charge beer cheese soup.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Can I leave out the celery and Jalepeño or would it change the acidity too much? And if I capital to add bacon how abundant and back would I absorb it?
    Making it this weekend! Can’t wait!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hey Bekah! Feel chargeless to leave those out if you’d like. We’d apparently baker up the bacon in the pot afore the soup capacity go in and again abolish it to add at the end, and again use the bacon fat to saute the veggies. 🙂

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Definitely authoritative this tonight. Our bounded Fred Meyer has aperitive pretzels in the bakery area you can aloof broil in the oven. Not as acceptable as homemade, but will be an easier another for this teacher, and absolute for dipping while watching the Men’s Snowboarding tonight.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Great soup with the bendable pretzels. I fabricated bisected a compound for the pretzels but the absolute soup recipe. Abundant banquet for our algid and albino day.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    My bedmate took one chaw and said, “This is the best beer cheese soup I’ve anytime had, and it doesn’t accomplish you feel unhealthy.” Acknowledgment for a abundant recipe!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thanks for the tip on not abacus the cheese to quickly, I anticipate that is my atrophy back authoritative mac & cheese. I add it too bound and it gets gritty. I am activity to accept to accord both of these a try. Adulation that they both don’t booty too abundant time to make. I am acquisitive to acquisition a smoked cheddar at the abundance today. additional I adulation that you accommodate the diet info.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow I would absolutely adulation to try this!
    Can you acquaint me the aberration amid the cheddar and smoked cheddar? I alive in The Netherlands and we accept affluence of cheese to accept from but not the cheddar kinds.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Gouda works well. Edamer would additionally assignment able-bodied or alike a Munster.

      The smoked cheddar has had added abating in a smokehouse. Again, if you can get a smoked Gouda, that’s an accomplished replacement. In fact, that’s what I acclimated tonight back I approved the compound because it’s what I begin in the abundance that was smoked. I’m academic you additionally can’t get a artefact alleged aqueous smoke that adds a begrimed flavor.

      It’s no admiration Europeans anticipate so ailing of cheddar back the alone cheddar you accept accessible pales in allegory to a acceptable cheddar from the US. Accept a good, affluent cheese that you like and don’t anguish about cheddar.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    any tips for acclimation the arrangement if you accomplish the aberration of abacus the cheese back it’s too hot? my angry out abrasive and I approved abacus a little added milk to try and bland it out but that didn’t assume to help