Thursday, November 12, 2009

Broccoli Cheese Soup

One of the foods that reminds me most of home is, of course, CHEESE! I have always loved broccoli cheese soup, but this was my first attempt at making it. It turned out to be very good, so I figured I'd share it. I'm sure my fellow Wisconsinites can appreciate the cheesiness.

6 tbsp. butter, divided
3/4 cup onion, chopped
1 cup carrot, chopped or shredded
4 cups small broccoli florets
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
4 tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

  • In a large stock pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes, then add the carrots and cook about 3 minutes more. Add the broccoli, broth, onion salt, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer.
  • In a smaller sauce pan, melt the rest of the butter. Add the flour and cook, whisking, for 2 minutes until golden brown. Whisk the milk in and cook for about 5 minutes until the mixture becomes thicker and bubbles.
  • Whisk in the cheese until it is totally melted.
  • Add cheese sauce to the soup pot and let soup simmer until completely warmed through and vegetables are tender.
  • Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Optional: use immersion blender to puree the soup to desired consistency.

Recipe originally from Annie's Eats.

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