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Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup

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Warm up with a bowl of Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup! Pumpkin puree and beer pair perfectly with extra sharp cheddar in this deliciously easy and cheesy one-pot soup! Serves 8 in about an hour.
Course Soups, Stews & Chilis
Cuisine American
Keyword beer, fall, pumpkin, soup
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 8 servings
Calories 358
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 5 slices bacon sliced thin
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 2 short stalks celery sliced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves chopped
  • 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces beer lager or pilsner
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 quart (4 cups) low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese extra sharp, grated
  • black pepper freshly ground


  • Spary the bottom of a 4 quart pot with olive oil spray.
  • Add in the bacon and heat on medium, cooking until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined paper plate, leaving the fat in the pot.
  • To the bacon fat, add the onion, pepper and celery with a small pinch of kosher salt. Stir and cook 8 to 10 minutes or unitl the vegetables are tender.
  • Next, add in the galric and thyme, cooking for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle in the flour, stir and cook for 2 mintues before pouring (while stirring) in the beer.
  • Add in the pumpkin, broth and heavy cream. Stir and cover, bring to a simmer.
  • Once simmering, reduce to medium-low and uncover. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until thickened.
  • Remove the soup off of the heat and add in the shredded cheese. Taste test the soup and season with salt and pepper to your liking. For me it was 2 teaspoons kosher salt and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  • Ladel the soup into bowls and top with the crispy bacon, minced parsley and extra black pepper.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6109IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 348mg | Iron: 1mg