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Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Soup

By: Addie K. Martin of Culicurious
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Simple soup recipes are perfect for a frigid day. This comfort soup is a favorite among households and will have you eating bowl after bowl. Loaded with cheese and fresh ingredients, Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup is a creamy classic that the family will love. Keep warm this season and prepare a simple soup for dinner.

Serves5

Preparation Time25 min

Cooking Time45 min

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup celery
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 (16-ounces each) packages of broccoli florets (florets and stems separated - stems should be finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions and 1 cup cheddar cheese for optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Melt the stick of butter over medium heat.

  2. Add onions,celery, kosher salt and cayenne. Stir well and cook about 10 minutes until veggies are softened.

  3. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute.

  4. Add the chopped broccoli stems and stir well. Cook 3-5 minutes until broccoli is heated through.

  5. Next sprinkle the flour over veggies and stir well to mix.

  6. Once the flour is fully incorporated, add the milk, water and final teaspoon of kosher salt.

  7. Slowly bring up to boil and quickly reduce immediately to a simmer. It could take up to 20 minutes to get to boil. Allow the soup to heat slowly to ensure that the milk doesn't break and separate.

  8. Once the soup is at the simmer stage, stir in broccoli florets and cheddar cheese.

  9. Cook soup for 10 more minutes then serve garnished with sliced green onions and additional cheddar cheese, if desired.

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I think this sounds delicious, just like broccoli with cheddar cheese sauce, but in the form of a soup. I plan to substitute black pepper for the cayenne pepper since I don't like eating really spicy food. This rich, creamy concoction of broccoli, cheddar cheese, and green onions will make a great dinner.

May I ask? You use unsalted butter, but add Kosher salt. Could I use regular (salted) butter and omit a teaspoon or less of salt?

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