Thursday, March 20, 2014

AT LONG LAST! My Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe!


After several requests to post my recipe, here it is!  I apologize for how long it took me to post this.  I had made a batch and taken step by step photos, and then my phone crashed.  The crash claimed the lives of all my photos, contacts and all rough drafts.  Dumb smart phone.  So if you don't mind it being photo-free, read on my friends.  Make, enjoy and let me know how it turned out!

Hugs til later,

Shopping List:
  • 1 stick sweet unsalted butter *you'll have leftover butter
  • medium sweet onion
  • 16oz carton half & half
  • 16oz chicken STOCK *broth is higher in fat and sodium and I think it gives a weird flavor to the soup
  • 1/2 a pound diced, frozen broccoli  *the frozen is easier and I don't drain it either but do allow it to defrost
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • nutmeg
  • 8oz sharp cheddar
  1. Sautee onions in 1 tablespoon of sweet unsalted butter in a separate pan.
  2. Melt 1/4 of a cup of butter on medium heat and then add 1/4 of a cup of flour.  Using a whisk, stir constantly until it becomes a golden brown.
  3. Slowly add 16oz of half & half, while continuing to stir.  Allow to warm (let it start to steam, but not boil).
  4. Add 16 oz of chicken stock.  Mix well, add sauteed onions and allow to simmer for 20 minutes on medium low heat.
  5. Add defrosted broccoli, nutmeg, carrots, salt and pepper, stir and cover for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Add cheese while stirring, cover and cook on low for 15 minutes.
Serve with a crusty bread and enjoy!

I should mention that first, if you were to let it set for a day, it will be EXCELLENT.  I promise.  The nutmeg has a chance to soak and leave its flavor all over the place.  Now, some recipes call for the nutmeg to be added earlier on in the recipe but I have found that the nutmeg will be WAY overbearing or will leave a slightly burnt taste.  I think when added towards the end with minimal exposure to heat, you get the spot on taste of nutmeg.  Second, this soup freezes so well Walt Disney would be impressed!  Hubster heated up a bag that was frozen almost 5 months ago and he said it was as good as the day I made it.  The only trick is having enough left over to actually save!

Again, I'm so sorry I don't have photos to attach but those are the woes of relying on a phone.  Since the last batch of freezer soup is gone, I'll be making more very soon and I pinky promise to do an update and add pictures.  If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or twitter I'll post alerts there.  Be sure to comment and let me know how it turned out and feel free to add pictures of your own!

Hugs til later!


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