Slow Cooker Beer-Cheese Soup

For best results, use a pale ale in this recipe.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 4 hours 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 1⁄2 medium white onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bottle (12 oz.) beer
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1⁄2 tsp. paprika


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter, then sauté the onion, carrots, and celery until just softened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the flour and stir to form a roux. Let cook for 2–3 minutes.
  • In a 6-quart slow cooker, add the cooked vegetables and roux, then slowly pour in the vegetable broth and beer while whisking.
  • Add the milk, cheese, salt, pepper, and mustard. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Let the soup cool slightly, then blend until smooth, or you can skip this step and serve chunky. Garnish with paprika.