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