Lenten Recipe: Three Cheese and Beer Soup

This is probably my most favorite soup recipe, ever. It’s simple, easy, and really tasty on a cold, Lenten Friday night. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, add a  cup of crab meat and/or shrimp with the potatoes.

  • 2 Tbls butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • ¼  cup flour
  • ½  tsp dry mustard
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup dark ale (I like to use Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 potatoes, cubed to ½  inch
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1  cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼  cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ¼  tsp pepper sauce
  • ¼  tsp Worcestershire sauce

In a dutch oven melt butter. Add vegetables (except potatoes) and cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and mustard; cook 1 minute. Add stock and cook until bubbly. Add beer, cream, and potatoes. Cook until potatoes are tender (10-12 minutes). Slowly whisk in cheeses until melted, then add pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Serve with crusty rolls and a salad.

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Upcoming Events — Councils, Discipleship, and Beer

UPDATED (January 25): The Spirituality and Discipleship for Catholic Teachers course has been canceled; instead I will be offering the Second Vatican Council at the same place and times.

I have a number of catechetical engagements coming up that you might be interested in:

  • The Second Vatican Council: Its History and Its Documents
    9a-2:30p, February 12 & 19, 2011 – Blessed Sacrament Parish (Quincy, Illinois)

    Bring your lunch as we explore the Second Vatican Council! This adult enrichment course, held on two consecutive Saturdays, looks at the events leading up to the council, the documents produced by the bishops, and the legacy of the council 40+ years after its conclusion. Materials for the course cost $15; contact Ann Gage at 217-222-2759 to register.
  • The Second Vatican Council: Its History and Its Documents
    3:30p-5:30p, March 2, 9, 16; April 6, 13, 2011 – St. Aloysius School (Springfield, Illinois)
    This catechist formation course for Catholic school teachers in the Springfield, IL, area looks at the events leading up to the council, the documents produced by the bishops, and the legacy of the council 40+ years after its conclusion. Materials for the course cost $15; contact Cindy Callan at 217-698-8500 to register.
  • Spirituality and Discipleship for Catholic Teachers
    3:30p-5:30p, March 2, 9, 16; April 6, 13, 2011 – St. Aloysius School (Springfield, Illinois)

    This 5-week catechist formation course for teachers in the Springfield area will help participants understand conversion and recognize challenges to conversion; reflect on the gifts and qualities of discipleship; and learn how involvement in education may be a means of conversion and transformation. Materials for the course cost $15; contact Cindy Callan at 217-698-8500 to register.
  • St. Boniface Young Adult Ministry’s Theology on Tap
    7p, March 31, 2011 – St. Boniface Church (Edwardsville, Illinois)

    I will be speaking on “How Young Catholics will Save the Church”: As the Baby Boomers prepare for retirement, Generation X and the Millennials are poised to take on new roles as leaders in the Church. What gifts do they bring? How will they continue the work of the Church to make disciples and serve the poor? And what pitfalls await them? Bring your head, your heart, and your own experience as a young “ or not so young “ Catholic!

I’ve also added a new page to this site; click on “Calendar” above for more information on public events or formation opportunities I will be participating in.