Please forgive my dark photos. We all know the daylight is getting shorter and shorter here. But, because of the short and colder days – this soup makes for a wonderful dinner or reheat for lunch the next day. Souper (ha!) thick and filled with veggies.
I could eat soup every day of the week during winter.
Broccoli Cheese Soup – Makes 8 servings
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 3 ribs of celery
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup four
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 12 oz. fresh broccoli (I buy the bagged and pre-cut stuff) or 1/2 lb. fresh
- 1 – 10 oz. bag shredded carrots
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 8 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 3/4 lb. deli ham, cut in pieces (optional)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Sauté the onion, celery and a handful of the carrots in the 1 Tbsp. butter until onion is translucent. Set aside.
2. Cook melted butter and flour using whisk over medium heat for 2-4 minutes until flour begins to slightly brown. Keep whisking and add in the half-and-half cream.
3. Add the chicken stock. Cook at medium until the sauce thickens; about 10 minutes.
4. Add the broccoli, carrots and sautéed veggies into the pot. Cook over low heat about 25 minutes to soften veggies. At this point you can blend or use your stir stick on some of the soup. This helps thicken the soup, but it doesn’t need to be done.
5. Add salt and pepper to your preference. Add cheese and ham, stir in nutmeg and let cheese melt. Eat!
I love tons of veggies and this combo always makes the house smell so amazing!
Make a roux with your butter and flour. Whisk and add in the half-and-half.
All the veggies into the pool. Love the colors. I also love to use a shortcut of buying the veggies already pre-cut and ready to use. A great timesaver during the week.
I choose to use my stick blender to blend up about half of the mixture. Again, totally optional but it does thicken the soup up nicely.
Add in the deli ham. I used to be scared to go to the counter and the deli but don’t be. They are really smart and will cut the ham to your preference. At Krause’s in the front of the counter they often have leftover deli meats packaged and ready to pick up. Deli ham is so much better than the packaged stuff in my opinion.
Mmm, look at that thick pot of goodness! You could freeze this and it makes excellent leftovers as well.
You can serve this topped with crackers or more cheese.
Or straight up like I did. Enjoy!