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Beer cheese soup in a serving pot and bowls. Pretzels and spoons on the table.
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5 from 7 votes

Beer Cheese Soup with Cauliflower

This healthy Beer Cheese Soup with cauliflower and butternut squash is a healthy twist on a classic!  This soup is perfect for both Oktoberfest and Game Day!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, German
Servings: 8 people (1 cup servings)
Calories: 192kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash (medium-sized), peeled, deseeded, and cut into ½" thick slices
  • 1 cauliflower head (medium-sized), broken into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes Double for a spicier soup
  • 1 ½ cups milk (2% or whole)
  • 1 cup lager-style beer, plus more if desired
  • 1 cup vegetable broth, plus more if desired
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar, freshly shredded
  • 2 ounces Parmesan, freshly grated
  • warm pretzels, to serve with (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF.
    Arrange the butternut squash on a single layer on a baking sheet.  Arrange the cauliflower florets on a separate baking sheet.  Drizzle with the olive oil, and then sprinkle the salt, paprika, and chili flakes over the veggies.
  • Add the squash to the oven.  After 15 minutes, add the cauliflower to the oven. 
    Roast until both trays of veggies are tender when pierced with a fork (about 30 minutes total for the squash, 15 minutes total for the cauliflower).
  • Add veggies, milk, beer, broth and cheese to a soup pot.  Use an immersion blender and blend until creamy.  
    Alternatively, add the ingredients to a blender basin, and work in batches if your blender is too small.
    Note: Depending on the size of your vegetables, you may need to add more liquid to the soup.  Taste the soup, and add more beer if you want a stronger beer flavor, or more broth for a milder flavor.
  • Warm soup in the soup pot until heated through.
    Alternatively, heat on low in a slow cooker until warm, and keep slow cooker set to "warm" while serving guests at a party.
    Serve with pretzels. 

Notes

Nutrition information does not include optional pretzels.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 907mg | Potassium: 643mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10549IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 1mg