March 24, 2011

Cheddar and Ale Soup with Broccoli

Blargh - today I'm tired. I woke up at 7:00 am for an appointment with the lady-parts doctor and yesterday, the same time, for an appointment with yellow fever. That's right - a live virus jabbed right into my arm.  I came home and told my husband I got jabbed with jello-fever. It's now so permanently ingrained in my mind, it will be jello-fever forever. Speaking of thoughts forever ingrained in my mind - funny story. When I was in high school I worked at Wendy's Fast Food - the drive through. "Welcome to Wendy's may I take your order" I would say over and over and over. [Now lets fast forward 5 years] I was doing a presentation on fast food for one of my food science classes at university. I was so nervous, at the beginning of the presentation I blurted out "Welcome to Wendy's may I take you order". I know what your thinking - that girl is smooth talker.


1 sweet onion
2 tbsp butter
2 strips veggie bacon
1 head broccoli
7 cups veggie broth
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup beer
1/4 heavy cream
1 cup shredded cheese

1. In a large pot, fry the onions with butter until translucent. Next, add the veggie bacon and cook for 5 minutes. Add the chopped broccoli and cook for 2 minutes. Finally add the broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, Tabasco, and beer. Bring to a boil and the cook until broccoli is tender.

2. Puree the soup in a blender. Once pureed, add the cream and cheese. Simmer on medium heat until ready to be served.

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