Cheddar and Ale Soup with Potato and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 1 small stalk celery, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (one 12-ounce bottle) light-colored ale
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 12 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation

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