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Is there any substitute for the Guinness? I can’t cook with any alcohol
Hi, Dorothy! I would swap the Guinness for beef broth. You could also use another cup of chicken broth, but the soup will be lighter in flavor.
My husband made this tonight. It was excellent! We served with hot pretzel buns. It was so great, I had to ladel some up for the neighbor.
Great, I’m so glad you liked it Trevor! Love the idea of serving with pretzel buns.
So yummy!! My husband and I really enjoyed this, will definitely be making it again.
I highly recommend an immersion blender. They’re not too expensive and make that last step much easier.
I used a full can of Rickard’s Red (trying to duplicate the recipe from Jack Astor’s) and some parmesan cheese… Perfect!
Just made this over the weekend and it was delish. Definitely a keeper.
This is by far the best recipe for a “beer cheese” soup I’ve ever tried. I’ve made it multiple times and it’s always better than I remember. I really do recommend using an immersion blender instead of trying to ladle hot soup into a stand blender – takes 2 minutes to blend in the pot with no muss, no fuss.
Boy, did I do something wrong! Made this for beer loving Lutherans at a Lenten Wednesday soup supper, and brought most of it home! They did not like it. Neither did I! I feel it had too much thyme, perhaps.
I just made this soup for dinner tonight. And it was delicious! Thank you!
Why not use draught Guinnessis?
It was all I could find at the store.
If you do a taste test between draught Guinness and Guinness extra stout, you’ll see a huge difference. The draught just tastes like a standard dark beer. The extra stout is more deeply rich and flavorful. If draught is all you can find, I would make sure to get a very good Irish cheddar cheese (not the store brand), like Kerrygold or Dubliner.
The soup would be lovely with your broccoli salad and some crusty French bread. A must try!
Made the soup this evening. I cooked the soup in a deeper pot than specified, then used an immersion blender instead of a regular one. The texture came out wonderfully, and this saved the extra steps (and dishes) of transferring batches of soup into a regular blender.
Regarding the blender step(s), we purchased a stick blender years ago to facilitate pureeing my wife’s wonderful butternut squash soup. No more handling hot liquids, just perform the blending in the vessel. We wouldn’t be without one and have gifted one to each of our daughters. They love theirs too.
Bring to a simmer, lower the heat, partially cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender and easily fall apart…. Do you mean bring to a boil then lower the heat???
Hi Caryn, You don’t have to bring it all the way to a rolling boil, a simmer will do. But if you partially cover it without lowering the heat, you will increase the pressure inside the pot and cause the soup to boil. So, bring the soup to a simmer first, then partially cover it, then lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Of course, if you want to bring the soup to a full boil, and then reduce the heat, that will work too.
I’m guessing this would taste a bit like Welsh Rarebit. Yummy!
I was lucky enough to have this for dinner last night…it literally tastes like delicious gravy. But better. A must try!
This looks lovely and I really, really like your bowl! I have cooked with Guinness before, Garrett McCord’s Chocolate Guinness cake is one of my favorites. :)
Why not skip the cumbersome soup transference to a blender (not to mention getting burned/spillage etc.) and just use an immersion blender?? Other than that – this looks delicious!
I was wondering the same thing.
Wow, this looks incredible! I’m a huge fan of Guinness, so I’m sure I would love this soup. I actually made a cheddar beer dip not too long ago that really reminds me of this soup, maybe you would like to check it out at http://simplepairings.com/2014/01/08/oat-soda-bread-with-cheddar-beer-dip/. It seems like the perfect segway to trying your soup – will let you know how it turns out! :)
Your bread and dip look fantastic! I have buttermilk to use up, and that looks perfect. If I make this soup, I’ll have extra Guinness to use up! I can’t wait to make it all! Thanks for the link!
Hope you enjoy it, Rebecca! It’s one of my favorite dishes to share when people come to visit or when I visit others. :)
This looks amazing. I don’t think the gluten-free tag is accurate, though; while Guinness is wheat-free the malted barley probably contains gluten (or close analogues) and isn’t likely to be safe for folks who are sensitive to such things.
Good point! I’ve removed the gluten-free tag. Thanks for the reminder!