Irish Red Ale, Cheddar and Potato Soup Irish Red Ale, Cheddar and Potato Soup

Irish Red Ale, Cheddar and Potato Soup | Food styling by David Grenier | Prop styling by Catherine Doherty Image by: Maya Visnyei

Irish red ale, named for the hue that results from adding roasted barley during brewing, lends a slightly sweet, toasted malt flavour to this update on traditional potato soup. Mature Irish Cheddar gives it a rich, sharp finish.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 35 minutes
  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 leeks (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 small white-fleshed potatoes , peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup Irish red ale (such as Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale or Rickard's Red Irish Style Ale)
  • 2 cups shredded aged Irish Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes

Method

In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook leeks, garlic and thyme, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in potatoes, broth and ale; bring to boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer until potatoes are fork-tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from heat; discard thyme. Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to pan over low heat. Gradually stir in Cheddar, a handful at a time, until melted. Divide among serving bowls; sprinkle with pepitas and hot pepper flakes, if using.

 

Nutritional facts Per serving: abouy

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 653 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 11 g
  • Calories 249
  • Total fat 15 g
  • Potassium 303 mg
  • Cholesterol 37 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 19 g

%RDI

  • Iron 17
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 22
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 24
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 21
  • Vitamin C 17
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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