Port Wine Cheese Soup (a.ka. Pretzel Soup)

Just before Christmas in 2014 my husband asked my daughter what she wanted to eat on Christmas Day. She said, “yummy soup made by mommy. PRETZEL SOUP!”

Pretzel soup?  I had never made pretzel soup before, but like any self-respecting foodie I accepted the challenge. First step – what pairs well with pretzels? Cheese was the first thing that came to mind. As a kid I loved dipping my pretzels into port wine cheese, so why not make a port wine cheese soup with pretzel croutons?


A bit of sautéed shallots, roux, and equal parts chicken stock and half & half create the base, then an entire container of port wine cheese is stirred in.

The creamy soup gets flavored with some black pepper, garlic powder, and salt before being garnished with fresh thyme and honey-mustard pretzel pieces.


While it might not be a soup entirely made of pretzels, the port wine cheese soup pairs perfectly well with the pretzel bites for a stick-to-your-ribs soup. Given the cold weather and snow storms sweeping the country this week, this soup is just the thing to warm you up!


Port Wine Cheese Soup (a.k.a. Pretzel Soup)

¼ cup unsalted butter

1 cup diced shallots

¼ cup all-purpose flour

2 cup chicken stock

2 cups ½ & ½

14 oz jar Port Wine Cheese spread

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh thyme (to taste)

Honey-mustard pretzels bits as croutons (to taste)


Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until soft. Add the flour and stir for about 2 minutes, or until just fragrant. Add the stock and the ½ & ½. Bring to a low boil and add the port wine cheese. Cook until the cheese spread is melted into the soup and the soup begins to thicken. Remove from the heat and stir in the pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Laddle into bowls and serve with fresh thyme and pretzels.


8 thoughts on “Port Wine Cheese Soup (a.ka. Pretzel Soup)

  1. Now that’s inspired! 🙂 And I’m sure it’s very tasty as well. I wonder what it would be like with the pretzel taste actually in the soup–kind of like what happens with tortilla soup?

    • Good question, Susan! The first time I made this I tried it with crushed up pretzels instead of flour, hoping it would have the same thickening effect (knowing it was a long shot), but it didn’t. I do like overloading the soup with the pretzels and getting the crunchy & soft effect, much like the tortilla soup you mention :).

  2. In sixth grade my family was in Solvang CA. A local vendor was selling hot pretzels with a side of port wine cheese. To this day, 49 years later, I still make my own soft pretzels and slather them with port wine cheese. One of the best combinations ever thought up. Now I will have to try this, but use homemade soft pretzels to dip in it. Thank you for the idea.

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