Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup Recipe

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This creamy cheese soup is great at parties. Let guests serve themselves and choose from fun garnishes such as popcorn, croutons, green onions and bacon bits. —Ann Huseby, Lakeville, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer, optional
  • Optional Toppings: croutons, popcorn, crumbled cooked bacon, sliced green onions

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 256 calories, 21g fat (14g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 797mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  2. Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into soup. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes longer or until soup is thickened.
  3. Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until blended. Stir in beer if desired. Cover and cook on low until heated through. Serve with desired toppings. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Savory Cheese Soup in Quick Cooking May/June 2000, p44

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Sandykp User ID: 5645162 259826
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"Worst recipe ever. First of all I have no idea why it needs to cook for 7-8 hrs first. Then when you finally get around to adding the cream cheese it takes FOREVER for it to melt. I won't be making this again even if by some miracle it tastes good."

ghesse User ID: 5836138 256058
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2016

"Added a dash of cayenne pepper for a little zip. Still a little bland but overall a good soup."

EAWinkel User ID: 1082598 237177
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"This has become a regular in our slow-cooker. I use sharp cheddar for extra flavor, and I chop the veggies very fine and leave out the beer for my finicky eaters. The kids like it with gold fish crackers, hubby likes his with bacon pieces and I have mine with broken-up pretzels. A winner all-around!"

angieherzberger User ID: 5719645 78769
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"My whole family loves it- it is perfect as is. Tastes even better the second day."

Rajeeko User ID: 6873627 73739
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"Not bad, but I found it too salty. I even used reduced sodium chicken broth to make it."

dilbert098 User ID: 3743376 30394
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"This was good, and you can do a lot with it - add mushrooms, broccolli, etc. We got tired eating the soup - added paprika and cayenne pepper and had a cheese dip (i'd reduce it more if I were to use it for that again). Very good, very versatile."

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 22919
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2008 Edited Jan. 18, 2017

"This was very good. Ham or broccoli would be a nice addition as well."

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