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Lunchtime Hospitality: Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

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On a cold day there is nothing like having soup and a crust of bread with a dear friend for lunch.  This is a simple, yet flavorful soup that doesn’t take long to make.  The broccoli and cheddar cheese flavor combination has always been a big favorite of mine.  I originally found this recipe in Cooking Light Magazine and then modified it quite a bit.

I used an immersion blender to give it more of a smooth consistency, but if you prefer more chucks of broccoli in the soup for texture just pulse a couple times to make sure everything is combined.

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 lb broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 12 ounces aged cheddar cheese, grated

Melt butter in a dutch oven, or large pot, over medium heat.

Add onion and garlic.  Saute 3-4 minutes or until tender.

Add broth and broccoli and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes.

Combine milk and flour with a whisk until well blended.  Add milk mixture to broccoli mixture.

Cook for 10 minutes, or until slightly thick.  Stir constantly.

Add cracked black pepper and salt.  Only use a pinch of salt because the cheese will naturally add salt to the soup.

Remove from heat and add cheese.  Stir until cheese melts.

Blend with an immersion (hand) blender until desired consistency.

Serve with crust of bread or a sandwich.

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20 comments on “Lunchtime Hospitality: Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    January 3, 2013

    Sounds and looks great, this is a must try for me. Thanks.

    Cynthia

  2. Christine
    January 3, 2013

    This sounds wonderful. I love broccoli-cheese soup, especially with crusty bread.

  3. gotasté
    January 3, 2013

    This can be such a simple heart warming meal to go with bread. Love it!

  4. mmmarzipan
    January 3, 2013

    I am ashamed to say I bought a ready-made version of cheese and broccoli soup from the supermarket today! I am sure yours is 100 x yummier! 🙂 I really want to try to make it!

  5. Jessica: Hesitantly Healthy
    January 3, 2013

    I looove thick, creamy soups and think broccoli cheese is one of my favorite go-to’s! I made it with pepperjack recently and loved it, will be posting it soon 🙂

  6. Home Seasons
    January 3, 2013

    This is perfect for a cold day like today!

  7. gentlestitches
    January 3, 2013

    Yum! It is 109 degrees here in sunny Aussieland today but the soup still looks really good. Hmmm…. how would it go chilled? LOL.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      January 3, 2013

      Lol! Hmmm… perhaps not the best cold soup. But, then again, I tend to love soup all year round — even when we have our 110 degree weather (well, as long as there is air conditioning involved!) 🙂

  8. petit4chocolatier
    January 3, 2013

    Oh Kenley, how did you know I was just thinking about soup! This looks and sounds so good right now with a fresh loaf of your bread 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      January 3, 2013

      🙂 Thanks Judy!! I swear, the way the weather has been I think every day should be a soup day! 🙂
      Kenley

  9. Garden Walk Garden Talk
    January 6, 2013

    A favorite of mine. Love this soup.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      January 6, 2013

      Me too! Love making it at home AND if it is on the menu at a restaurant, I am 100% of the time ordering it!
      Kenley

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