1/22/2009

Broccoli Cheese Soup



I was browsing through my Google Reader and saw that I had this recipe for Broccoli Cheese Soup starred from Carrie's wonderful blog, Carrie's Sweet Life. I had all the ingredients on hand and it would make for a spectacular dinner. I decided to make focaccia bread to go along side, using this recipe that I had made before.

My husband's first reaction was "WOW" and after we both began eating, we loved this soup! It is creamy, hearty and comforting. Of course, I did a few very minor tweaks, but it didn't need many tweaks at all!!!

Broccoli Cheese Soup
Recipe courtesy of Carrie's Sweet Life
  • 3 tbsp. of unsalted butter and 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of yellow onions or sliced leeks (use only the bottom white part) *I used shallots*
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of ground pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp of chopped garlic *I used about 1 tbsp.*
  • 1/2 tsp of chopped fresh thyme or 1/8 tsp of dried
  • 3 tbsp. of flour
  • 3 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen broccoli, thawed & separated or 2 to 3 cups of fresh
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups of shredded medium Cheddar *I used 2 cups of cheddar blends*
Directions

In a medium pot, melt 3 tbsp. of butter over medium-high heat.

Add the onions, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and cook until soft about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme. Stir frequently for 20 seconds while it cooks.

Add the flour and stir until throughly mixed for about 3 minutes. Slowly add chicken broth while whisking constantly. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened for about 5 minutes.

Add the broccoli and cook for 10 minutes until tender.

Add the cream and barely bring to a simmer. Then add the cheese and lower heat till the cheese is melted.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons cold butter. Stir until it is mixed throughly.

4 comments:

Carrie said...

Hahaha, I uped the cheese too, nothing wrong with more cheese. Glad you enjoyed it.

Joelen said...

yum! I made a large batch of broccoli cheese soup with chicken earlier this week but couldn't post/photograph it since the hubby dropped over to my sick inlaws before I had a chance! This looks wonderful and so comforting!

limeandlemon said...

This looks really delicious .. i have never tried broccoli cheese soup be4 .. but this looks really good ... gonna try it soon .. Laila .. http://limeandlemon.wordpress.com/

madebymel said...

This looks so creamy and delicious!

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