This is a simple one, that harnesses a lot of great things from Wisconsin: Cheese, Beer, Kielbassa and more!
Wisconsin Cheese Soup
Saute the following in 1 stick of butter:
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cups diced celery
- 1 cup chopped onion
Make a roux out of 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of flour. (combine the two and boil)
In your soup pot, combine:
- 1 gallon chicken stock
- 1.5 cans of beer
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Boil the mix and then stir in the boiling roux to thicken it.
Then, add sauteed veggies.
Reduce heat to a simmer and slowly add in 1 1/2 pounds of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, some parsley flakes for color and a little salt and white pepper to taste. I prefer to grate my own cheese, it simply melts better than the pre-shredded baggie stuff.
This is where I add diced kielbasa or smoked beef sausage — it makes it a little more interesting and rounds out the protein.
There is nothing like sitting with a warm bowl of this on a snowy evening…