Tomato and Potato Cheddar Soup

Tomato and Cheddar Potato Soup

Tomato and Cheddar Potato Soup

Today we are moving very slowly.

In fact, one little Chino missed the departure for school this morning due to an overwhelming need to despair in a puddle on the floor.

She is now outside planting bulbs, because well, it worked for me.

Next up, laundry and unpacking.

We’re also going to make soup.

I make this soup about once a month in the winter, and I can’t believe I’ve never posted it before.  To me, it is comfort in a bowl.

You start by boiling the potatoes in beer which gives the soup a dark, wonderful flavor.

Soup may not solve all our woes, but surely it will help.


Tomato and Potato Cheddar Soup

Tomato and Cheddar Potato Soup with Beer

Loosely adapted from Crescent Dragonwagon’s Soup and Bread

2 cups dark beer

6 large potatoes

1 quart chicken stock

3 bay leaves

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon oregano

½ cup butter

1 large onion, diced

2 ribs celery, diced

2 carrots, diced

5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 28oz can diced tomatoes

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup milk

Tobasco sauce to taste, optional

½ teaspoon dry mustard

12 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt and pepper to taste


Bring potatoes to a boil in the stock and beer.  Add the bay leaves, basil and oregano.

In a cast iron skillet, melt butter.  Saute onion 10 minutes.  Add celery, garlic and carrot.  Cook 10 more minutes.


Add tomatoes and sauces.  Cook until most of the liquid evaporates.


Make a paste with the flour and then gradually stir in the milk.

Add mustard and tobasco (if using).

Stir tomato mixture into the soup pot and add the cheese.

Allow the soup to heat back up after the cheese is added before serving.

Serve hot.



  1. Looks yummy! I have a pot of beans on the stove I started simmering yesterday. Cornbread and I’m set! Did you guys have a good Thanksgiving?

    1. We did! We’re glad to be home though!

      Hope y’alls was great too!

  2. Hey Alison- This is Anna’s friend Jen. Just wanted to say I love your blog and have really enjoyed your reading lists. Just finished “The Soloist” and now am headed to the library for some of your Christmas book selections. It’s so great to get recommendations from good sources and you’ve created such a great resource here. Love your writing -keep up the great work and thanks so much!

    1. Thanks so much Jen! Y’all enjoy those Christmas stories!

      I just put those up yesterday, so it makes me so happy that you’re using that list! 🙂

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