Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 2 carrots, finely chopped
- 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup flour
- 3 cups milk
- 1 12 ounce bottle amber beer, such as Dos Equis
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 3 1/2 cups)
- Croutons, for garnish
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the carrots and leeks, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, 10 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
- Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the beer and mustard and bring the soup to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, whisking, until creamy and thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the cheese 1 handful at a time until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with the croutons.
- Use gruyere cheese in place of the cheddar.
- Cut off the root end and the tough green top.
- Halve the white part lengthwise
- Soak the stalks in cold water for 10 minutes, then rinse to remove the grit.