Beer Cheese Soup

This is what we had for dinner last night.  It was a simple, filling, and delicious cold weather meal.  For the beer, I used a pale ale and feel like anything darker would have been way too overpowering.

3/4c carrots, diced
1/2c onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper sauce
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2c vegetable broth
3/4c light beer
2 TBSP butter
2 1/2 TBSP all-purpose flour
2c milk
3c sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp. yellow mustard

1.  In a medium saucepan, combine the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, cayenne papper sauce, sea salt, black pepper, vegetable broth, and beer.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

2.  Add the Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and yellow mustard; stir to combine and set aside.

2.  In a separate large pot, melt the butter and add the flour, stirring until thickened.  Whisk in the milk and continue stirring until thickened again.  Add the cheese and stir until melted.

3.  Add in vegetable mixture and simmer to heat through, about 10-15 minutes.

Homemade soft pretzels also pair really well with this soup!

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