Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

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Alright, so I never understood this saying…but I’m going to use it anyways! It is colder than a witch’s titty outside. I mean, whatever that means, that’s what I mean. Everyone is all up in arms about there being some huge ice storm but I will fear nothing until I see it. The Weather Channel has cried wolf a few too many times this season. Yes, I’m looking at you, Weather Channel.

Anyways, as I was out frolicking around the ghetto trying to get my photo project done, I realized two things: 1. If someone is hollering and saying ‘Come here, Snowflake!’ they’re probably talking about you and not their lost dog… and B. I should probably invest in some gloves.

I came home and defrosted like that snowman in that Campbells commercial that they’ve been playing for 20 years and I decided what better way to warm up than to make soup. Obviously, there isn’t. Have you seen that commercial? I know you have.

I was also looking for an excuse to use my new kitchen toys that I was gifted. This was my chance. (PS: Is anyone else afraid of a food processor? It’s so aggressive!)

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Yields about 7 cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • 2 c. half & half
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • pinch of nutmeg (don’t be afraid!)
  • 3 c. (or more!) shredded cheese (I used New Zealand White Cheddar which I bought because I’ve been watching too much LOTR, sharp yellow and a bit of asiago. Do your thang.)
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, melt butter. Add onions and carrots and saute over medium heat for about 4 minutes or until the onions start to brown slightly.
  2. Add in the flour, stir and continue to cook for about a minute.
  3. Add in the milk, half and half, chicken broth, broccoli and nutmeg. Are you still with me? That was a big step. I’m proud of you.
  4. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the broccoli softens. Do not cover. Or you will have a hot mess of boiled milk. And that would make you frown.
  5. Add in the cheese and stir, continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. You can end it there if you like a thicker soup but since my mansnack hates broccoli most of the time, I used an immersion blender to thin it out a bit. (If you don’t have one, use a blender but just make sure to take that plastic piece off before you close the lid. Or that would be another mess. I’ve got your back.)

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Top with some cheese and enjoy the fact that you’re not outside right now. Bliss.

Becka.

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2 thoughts on “Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

  1. Jenny Portincaso

    Sounds delish. I love reading your blog Becka. Not only do you share delicious recipes, you are hysterical! Lucky Adam…

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