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Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD: 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 room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer, optional
  • Optional Toppings: croutons, popcorn, crumbled cooked bacon, sliced green onions


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

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


Average Rating:
  • AllisonO
    Mar 10, 2018

    A simple and versatile recipe. I made it without the beer as I was making it for a crowd, but overall, I thought it was tasty. I would agree with the previous comments about the cream cheese not melting. On the bright side, I did cube the cream cheese up in small enough pieces that I could "smash" them without making too much of a mess. Those pieces that weren't completely smashed were small enough that no one complained.

  • luvbugsmama
    Feb 25, 2018

    Worst crock pot recipe I've ever made! After 7 hours of cooking (first 5 just to wilt vegetables?), my family is starving and I had to throw it in a pot on the stove to get the cream cheese to melt. Absolutely ridiculous--and to make matters worse, it was just average at best. Totally frustrating and disappointing...

  • Sandykp
    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
    Oct 28, 2016

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

  • EAWinkel
    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
    Aug 13, 2013

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

  • Rajeeko
    Oct 7, 2012

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

  • dilbert098
    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
    Jan 18, 2017

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

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