Broccoli Cheddar Soup

If I don’t plan something for lunch, I generally don’t eat well. I’ve been making more of an effort to plan so I get a decently balanced meal. One of my new favorites is this soup. It’s perfect for these chilly days and one pot lasts me all week.

The picture below was acutally the last bowl of the batch – all the others got eaten so fast I didn’t get to snap any of them!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup
(from Annie’s Eats)

6 tbsp. butter, divided
¾ cup onion, chopped
1 cup carrot, chopped or shredded
4 cups small broccoli florets
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
½ tsp. onion salt
½ tsp. garlic powder
4 tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Freshly ground black pepper 
 
In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Add the onion to the pan and sauté until tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Add the carrots to the pan and cook a couple minutes more.  Stir in the broccoli, chicken broth, onion salt and garlic powder.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

In a medium saucepan, melt remaining butter.  Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until golden brown, whisking constantly.  Whisk in the milk and cook until the mixture thickens and bubbles, about 5 minutes.  Once the mixture has thickened, whisk in the cheese until completely melted.  Remove from the heat and add the cheese sauce to the soup pot.  Allow to simmer until warmed through and broccoli is tender.  Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.  If desired, puree the soup with an immersion blender for a smooth texture.

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5 thoughts on “Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  1. I loooooooove Broccoli and Cheddar soup!

    A while ago you asked about cooking blogs you like/follow. I should have put this one there (don’t think I did): http://stephaniecooks.blogspot.com/

    I really like her blog. The pictures always get me to click and I save a lot of her recipes…maybe one day I’ll have a kitchen again so I can actually cook again!!

  2. Who doesn’t love ooey cheesy soup with broccoli!? Great recipe…my mind is brainstorming to make this a tad bit lighter on the hips as many of my friends (self included) are trying to lighten up after the holidays. I’m checking out your other recipes and I’ll be adding you to my email. Feel free to check out my recipe blog….in the meantime, Happy Cookin!

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