The other day I got a hankering for broccoli cheese soup and what did I do? I made some. I thought I would share the recipe I used with you. It originally used chicken broth, but you all know I made it vegetarian. =)
Broccoli Cheese Soup (altered from this recipe from My Blessed Life):
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. all purpose flour
4 c. milk
4 c. veggie broth
1 lb. fresh broccoli (I actually used frozen *gasp!* - the scandal!)
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 t. nutmeg
16 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Whisk butter and flour in a stock pot over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add in the milk (heat it up a little first). Then add in the veggie broth while still whisking. Let this simmer for 20 minutes.
During this time, prepare the onion by sauteing it in 1 tablespoon of butter.
Since I used frozen broccoli, I microwaved it for about 4-5 minutes and then set it aside.
After the mixture has simmered for 20 minutes, add in the broccoli and onion. Cook the soup over low heat for about 20-25 minutes then add salt and pepper to taste.
At this point, you can puree your soup in a blender. I recently bought a Kitchenaid immersion blender from Target for $50 so I just used that and it worked really well. If you use a blender, return the soup to your pot after and set the stove to low heat. Add in your cheese and stir until well blended. Then add the nutmeg.
I served the soup with some tasty bread.
The finished product:
I loved this soup! It was everything I dreamed it would be.