Friday Feast ~ Guinness Onion and Cheddar Soup with Croutons


During these dark, cold days of December, I only want soup. My body craves a warm bowl, especially of this hardy meal.

It’s always best to have several bottles of Guinness on hand, since you might want one for drinking, too.

I’ve shared this recipe before, but I have new readers, and I didn’t include my crouton recipe the first time I posted this soup.

Any special meals you crave during the holidays?


2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 large yellow or red onions (your choice), quartered and sliced

2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Leaves from 2 thyme sprigs

1 cup draught Guinness

4 cups chicken stock

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese ( I like using Irish Cheddar)

Melt the butter with the oil in a heavy saucepan, add the onions, garlic, herbs, and red pepper flakes, if using. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over a low heat for 40 minutes until the onions are translucent.

Stir in the Guinness, stock, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.

Ladle the soup into bowls and top with cheddar cheese. Serve with warm sourdough bread or croutons.


1 Baguette, cut into slices and halved

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon crushed thyme

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and thyme into a bowl. Mix well. Add baguette slices and toss. Place on a foiled-lined cookie sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes.


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  1. I also enjoy soup, either with noodles or dumpling soup.
    Soup with croutons is my favorite even if we don’t use Guinness here for preparing it. I like them in potato cream soup.
    Well, when ready, give me a call and I’ll come over for a tasting.

  2. Colnagocat

    This is my favorite! Even my foster son ( picky eater) loves this soup! not to mention it’s perfect with my “Nessie” ladle my son got me. My kids know I love to simmer up soups!

    • I LOVE your Nessie ladle! That’s what I need to ask Santa, lol!

      So happy you’re loving this soup. Maybe I’ll make this one instead of the Turkey for the weekend.

      Hugs! 🙂

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