Onion and Ale Soup

This flavor packed onion and ale soup will be the highlight of your day…

Onion and Ale Soup by Nutmeg Nanny

You know those nights where you don’t feel like cooking, don’t want fast food and don’t really want diner food?  Well when those nights hit our household we usually head down to our local pub.  It’s a comfortable place where we can drink beer and have delicious food.  The only issue I have is that I always order the same thing.  I know, it’s my problem. But I’m one of “those” people. You know the ones.  The people who always order the same thing at the restaurant for fear the new thing they order may not be as delicious as the meal they always order.  Is there anyone else out there that has this problem? It’s ok. You can admit it 🙂

So as I waited for my chili (which is what I always order) I noticed they had something delicious sounding on the menu.  Onion and Ale soup.  “Yum” I thought to myself.  I took a look at the description and immediately knew that I could make this soup at home.  So guess what? I did 🙂  Now I’m sharing this delicious soup with all of you.  It’s chock full of onions, Irish beer and delicious beef flavor.  It’s similar to French Onion but the Irish beer adds a whole different flavor.  I also used this soup as an opportunity to use the Bavarian beer vinegar my Dad picked up for me. It worked lovely.  It added a nice beer flavor to the already stout packed soup. So if you like onions and beer I would say this soup is for you! 🙂

Onion and Ale Soup by Nutmeg Nanny


Onion and Ale Soup


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic - minced
3 medium sized red onions - sliced thin
4 medium sized yellow onions - sliced thin
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Fresh cracked black pepper - a few grinds
1 16oz. can Irish stout beer (Such as Beamish or Guinness)
2 teaspoons thyme
2 tablespoons Bavairan beer vinegar (You could also use sherry vinegar)
6 cups beef stock

For Topping:
Dubliner Irish Cheddar Cheese

Source: A Nutmeg Nanny orginal but inspired from The Dubliner Irish Pub


Add olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add onions, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes. If you keep your heat low you can cook for longer to extract more an even more sweet flavor from the onions. You do not want to brown your onions.

Add the beer and simmer for 5 minutes. Letting the onions soak up the beer flavor. Add the thyme and vinegar and gently simmer for 10-15 minutes. Until the mixture is reduced by half. Add the beef stock and simmer until warm and all the flavors have combined - approximately 10 minutes.

Preheat the broiler. Put soup in an ovenproof bowl and top with cheese. Broil until cheese melts and starts to brown.

I sliced my Dubliner Irish Cheddar but it would be easier to probably shred the cheese.


18 Responses to “Onion and Ale Soup”

  1. #
    Kim — March 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    This sounds so good. I can’t wait to make it.

  2. #
    Peyton V. — March 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Yum! Anything with beer has my vote!

  3. #
    Blond Duck — March 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    The way you come up with these dishes amaze me!

  4. #
    Joanne — March 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    You know, you probably did it better than the pub would have anyway! Looks delicious!

  5. #
    Erica — March 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    oh heck yes…I get so stuck on certain dishes at restaurants 🙂 This soup looks seriously…ridiculous good :). I am a huge fan of caramelized onions and this just sounds like caramelized onion soup with cheese. I’m in !

  6. #
    5 Star Foodie — March 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    A terrific soup, love the Irish stout here and the Dubliner cheese topping!

  7. #
    Emily — March 8, 2011 at 12:15 am

    This looks great! I love French onion soup. What does the Dubliner taste like? I’ve always wanted to try it.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — March 8th, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

      The Dubliner wasn’t bad. It was a little soft and had a strong flavor. If you do not like strong cheese I wouldn’t recommend it.

  8. #
    Blond Duck — March 8, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Happy Tuesday!

  9. #
    Barbara Bakes — March 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    My husband always orders the same thing too. I like to try new things, but sometimes I don’t like what I ordered and my husband will trade with me and let me eat his meal lol. This soup is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

  10. #
    Heather @girlichef — March 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Holy cow…this is fantastic! And that vinegar in and of itself sounds killer, too. I want a bowl pronto. Seriously, this is a thing of beauty. And I may or may not order the same thing everytime I go to my favorite restaurant… 😉

  11. #
    marla {family fresh cooking} — March 9, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I am loving the sound of this soup. The ale certainly makes it extra special. Have not had onion soup in years & I think now is the time to re-visit it.

  12. #
    Erica — March 9, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Thank you for the list of names!! Addie is actually one we’re considering 🙂

  13. #
    Dana - Food for Thought — March 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I am one of those people, too! I always get the same thing at each restaurant I frequent! This soup looks so good… I bet I would order it again and again!

  14. #
    Renee (Kudos Kitchen) — March 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    This dish sounds wonderful! My stomach is growling just thinking about it!
    ‘Irish’ I had some right now 🙂

  15. #
    A Canadian Foodie — March 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Believe it or not – I also have an onion and ale soup I made and have just finished defrosting the leftovers. Thank you for reminding me. I am going to get it now and have some. DIdn’t this very same thing happen another day on a post with you? It must be serendipity!
    I haven’t posted for 3 weeks – deep in the throws of planning a local slow food event. Great work. Time well spent, but missing my hobby site, my kitchen, cooking and reading your wonderful posts!
    I hope to catch up soon!


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