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Cheddar Ale Soup

December 6, 2012, 3:12 pm

1 large onion, chopped
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 12-oz bottle ale such as Bass
sea salt to taste
white pepper to taste
¼ teaspoon turmeric
1 lb sharp cheddar, grated (4 cups)


Cook onion in butter in a 4-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low and sprinkle flour over onion, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Whisk in milk, broth, and beer and simmer, whisking occasionally for 5 minutes. Stir in turmeric, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth using an immersion blender. Add cheese by handfuls, stirring constantly, and cook until cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes (do not boil).