Epcot’s Canadian Cheese Soup Recipe From Le Cellier

on September 12, 2020

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Here’s my favorite Disney copycat recipe – the delicious Canadian cheese soup from Le Cellier in Epcot!

cup of canadian cheese soup with bread on a plate
I finally got around to photographing my version of Epcot’s beloved Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup today!

I’ve made this recipe MANY times over the years at but never got around to writing it down and taking pics for the blog. 

This soup is one of our annual must-haves at Epcot Food & Wine Festival. I think my husband would make the trip to Florida just to eat this soup. 

man about to eat canadian cheese soup at epcot

Here he is getting ready to dive in. 

If you’ve never had this soup, it’s made with cheese, bacon, and a splash of beer (Canadian lager when you’re in Epcot). 

le cellier canadian cheese soup with pretzel roll

It’s got incredible flavor and is a cult favorite at Food & Wine. It’s usually served with a pretzel roll as pictured above. I try to do the same at home but couldn’t find them this go around. 

And you’ll be surprised at the very non-Canadian secret ingredient! I’ve made it without and I swear it is critical to making it taste right. 

Here’s how to recreate this Disney copycat recipe at home.

How to Make Canadian Cheese Soup 

main ingredients for the soup - bacon, cheese, celery, onion, beer, and chives

The ingredients are pretty easy to find at your local grocery store.

The only challenge is finding a Canadian lager (think Molson), but that’s not critical to the recipe. Any lager will do. 

bacon on a food scale

The first step is to cut up the bacon in 1/4 inch pieces. The recipe calls for 6 oz of bacon, which when I measured was 6 slices of regular cut bacon. 

sauteing bacon in a large pot

The next step is to cook the bacon. I make the soup in my Dutch oven, but any large pot will do. 

butter, diced onion, diced celery, on a cutting board

While the bacon is cooking, diced up the celery and onion. 

You’ll add them next along with some butter. 

grated white cheddar cheese on a cutting board

After you make a roux with the bacon, veggies, butter, and flour, you’ll add in the liquids (chicken stock and milk). 

It’s important not to bring the soup to a full boil again after this due to the milk. It will simmer with the lid off for about 30 minutes. 

While you are waiting get that box grater out and grate the cheese. Any brand of sharp white cheddar cheese will work – I use our local store brand. 

canadian cheese soup in a cup with french bread

The last ingredients you add are the cheese, beer, Worcestershire sauce, and the secret ingredient – Tabasco!

Like I said it is definitely NOT Canadian, but it pulls all of the flavors together. Add salt and pepper to taste and you are ready to serve!

This recipe makes four cup-sized servings of soup. You can easily double it for larger servings or more people. 

Any questions about making Canadian cheese soup? Please leave a comment below or joint the discussion in The Budget Mouse private Facebook group!

Here are a few other Disney copycat recipes you might like:

Yield: 4 servings

Canadian Cheese Soup Recipe

Canadian Cheese Soup Recipe

Canadian cheddar cheese soup with bacon and beer inspired by the famous Le Cellier restaurant in Epcot's Canada pavilion!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 oz bacon (6 slices of regular cut bacon)
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 up)
  • 1 large celery rib, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (2% or whole recommended)
  • 8 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup room temp lager beer
  • salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • chopped chives (or scallions) for garnish if desired

Instructions

    1. Cut bacon into 1/4 inch pieces. This is much easier if the bacon is very cold or even a bit frozen. 

2. Cook bacon is a pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. 

3. Add onion, celery, and butter and saute for 4-5 minutes or until onion is softened. 

4. Add flour and saute for a few minutes over medium heat. Whisk in chicken stock and milk. Stir consistently until you see the first bubbles forming. Turn down to low heat and simmer uncovered for about 25 minutes. 

5. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce,  and beer. If you want a smoother texture you can use an immersion blender (I like the texture the way it is).  

6. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with chopped scallions or chives.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250
cheddar cheese soup pin

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