Advertisements

A Bowl of Comfort: Broccoli Cheese Soup

For the last two days I have been a bit under the weather, eating nothing but toast and broth soups. While that broth soup really hit the spot, there comes a time when broth soup is just not substantial enough but you aren’t yet ready for “real” food. A quick look at my fridge and pantry (quite paltry since I haven’t hit the grocery store in a full week!) revealed that I could make macaroni and cheese or broccoli cheese soup. My tummy vehemently rejected the pasta and cried for the comforting broccoli cheese soup. 

I like my broccoli cheese soup with a base of garlic and onion, real cheddar cheese rather than the processed cheese food stuff, and a dash of hot pepper sauce (optional, of course) at the very end. This soup really hit the spot…kind of a real meal but still comforting soup! Now I think I am ready to face tomorrow’s work day. I hope you enjoy this very easy soup!

P.S. I am NOT a processed cheese food snob, not entirely anyway. I just generally only eat that stuff broiled on an onion bagel….yum! Another family favorite!

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

Ingredients

3 1/2 Tbsp Plus 1 tsp, Butter

1/3 Cup Flour (All Purpose)

1 Tbsp Olive oil

1/2 Onion, diced

1 Clove Garlic, minced

2 Cups Chicken Broth

2 1/3 Cups Water

1 head Broccoli, cut into bite size florets

1 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1 Pinch Cayenne pepper

1/3 Cup Heavy cream

1 Cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

Dash Hot sauce (Optional)
Directions

  1. In large stock pot, melt 3 1/2 tbls butter. Add flour, whisking until paste forms. Allow to cook for 3 minutes. Remove from pot, set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add 1 tsp butter and 1 tbls olive oil, onions, and garlic. Stir until tender.
  3. Add broth, water, broccoli, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Use a potato masher or immersion blender to break up the broccoli, leaving some small chunks.
  5. Gradually add in flour paste (roux), stirring until soup starts to thicken. Simmer another 5 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese gradually. Taste for seasoning, adding salt, pepper, or hot sauce as desired. Serve.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: