Beer-and-Cheddar Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound piece of slab bacon, sliced 1/3 inch thick and cut into 1/3-inch dice
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • One 12-ounce bottle lager or pilsner
  • About 2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound sharp yellow cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
  • 4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Garlic-rubbed toasts, for serving

Preparation

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