Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cream of Broccoli and Cheddar Soup



This soup was one of the first soups I ever posted on my blog, 5 yrs ago. I had combined it with two other recipes and the photo wasn't even close to being good, so I decided to repost it properly, LOL. When I lived in TN, I met a bunch of totally awesome ladies. We all had kids around the same age and all met on a Mommy site. We all became such fast friends that we created our own group called the Middle TN Mommies. We'd plan play dates, parties, girl night and lunches out. These ladies really saved my sanity once Mr.B was born, since I didn't know a soul in TN.



During one of our lunch dates, we ended up taking over Panera Bread. When I say taking over, I'd like you to imagine 9-10 women, each with a child, or even two. Yup, there was a ton of us, LOL. Anyway, not having Panera Bread in Canada, it was my first time going. I ended up having the Broccoli Soup in a bread bowl and fell in love. The soup was creamy, full of broccoli and totally yummy. Shortly after our visit, I found a copy cat version of the soup and over the years I've altered it to suit my tastes. It has now become our go to Broccoli soup and one that I can be sure will be eaten by the kids and hubby.



Cream of Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

2 Tbs olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot,  grated
2 Tbs flour
2 C chicken stock or broth
1 C half and half (or milk for a lighter version)
2 C chopped broccoli
salt and pepper
1 1/2 C sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 C Parmesan cheese

In a soup pot heat olive oil, over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, a pinch of salt and a few twists of fresh ground pepper and cook until onion becomes translucent; about 2 minutes. Add broccoli and cook for an additional 2 minutes; until broccoli become a vibrant green. Sprinkle in the flour and stir to coat the veggies. Cook for 1 minute and slowly whisk in chicken stock. Add the milk and continue whisking until there are no longer any lumps. Bring up to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese and Parmesan. Stir, in a figure eight motion to combine the cheeses. Once cheese is fully combined serve.



This post linked to

See Ya in the Gumbo
My Meatless Mondays
In & Out of the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday
Time to Sparkle
Totally Tasty Tuesday
Tasteful Tuesday

6 comments:

Cynthia Landrie said...

This is my very favorite soup! When I go to Panera, I always order this. Now I can make it at home! Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

Terri Henkels said...

Cindy, this sounds like a great recipe. This is my favorite soup but I have never made it. The recipe sounds perfect so I am pinning to give it a try. Also, thanks for hosing another great linky party.

Anne Byerley said...

Hi,
Thanks for the recipe,it sounds yum, and as it is cooler todayin Cape Town, I may try it for supper.
I am visiting this blog for the first time and love it, so am following in all ways I can.
I hope that you have a wonderful day.
Love and best wishes.
Anne

Chaya Selig said...

This is a comfort soup. I love cheesy soups and I throw broccoli into these soups often. This is a dreamy soup and thanks for sharing.

Cindy Jamieson said...

Thank you so much Anne. I hope you enjoy the recipe I have to share and enjoy the soup tonight!
~Cindy

Michelle said...

I thought this soup looked familiar! It also looks totally delicious, Cindy. Thank you for linking.