Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Husband-approved broccoli and cheddar soup!

This week I'm sharing my husband's new favorite, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup.

He actually told me that this soup, served with a big hunk of crusty French bread with some melted cheese on top, would be enough for dinner some night. Coming from my steak-and-potatoes guy, that's high praise.

The wonderful thing about soups is that they are generally pretty easy and quick to make. This one is no exception.

I like to chop all the vegetables and measure out all the spices before I begin. That way I know I have everything (no last minute scramble trying to find the jar of tarragon in my spice cabinet) and I don't have to worry about the roux scorching while I measure something.

This recipe will make four servings, depending on how big your version of serving size is. Hubby and I had a big bowl each while we waited for the rest of our dinner to cook, so in our house, it made two servings. Feel free to double this if you really like soup or if you have more mouths to feed.

Start by melting the butter in a heavy pan. Add the chopped onions and saute over medium heat until the onions are translucent, about ten minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.

Sprinkle the flour over the butter and onions, and whisk it together so there won't be any lumps.

Cook the roux for several minutes so the flour won't taste raw, but be careful not to burn it.

Add the cream and whisk it again.

Heat to bubbling, then whisk in the chicken broth. (I used homemade turkey broth.)

Add the spices, bay leaf, salt and pepper to the mixture. Simmer for about 20 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.

If you're using fresh broccoli, add it and simmer for another 20-25 minutes. I used frozen broccoli so I didn't have to cook it as long, just until the broccoli was tender.

Remove the bay leaf. Let the soup cool a bit. Then put most of the soup into your blender and mix for a few seconds. Don't puree it, but do chop the broccoli. You don't want chunky soup either.

Return the soup to the saucepan and add the shredded cheese, stirring well while it melts into the soup.

Serve with a handful of cheese on top of the bowl.

Husband-approved broccoli and cheddar soup!

Better use a big bowl - this soup deserves a big serving!

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/8 cup flour
2 cups of chicken broth
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of broccoli, chopped fine
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (sharp or extra sharp is best)

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the diced onion and cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent, about ten minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and butter and whisk together to avoid lumps. Cook this for a few minutes so the soup won't have a "raw flour" taste.

Whisk in the cream and heat to bubbling. Whisk in the chicken broth. Add the spices, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 20 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Add the broccoli and continue simmering for another 20-25 minutes until the broccoli is tender.

Remove the bay leaf. Put the soup in the blender and blend to desired consistency, in batches if necessary. Return soup to saucepan, add shredded cheese and stir while the cheese melts. Serve soup with a handful of cheese on top of the bowl.

Husband-approved broccoli and cheddar soup!

More Soup Recipes

Cream of Asparagus Soup
Spilt Pea Soup
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Ham and Bean Soup
White Bean Tortellini Soup
Roasted Tomato Soup
Chicken and Mushroom Soup
Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
French Onion Soup
Albondigas Soup

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  1. Looks delicious! This is a family favorite around here! I made your Albondigas soup for my guys a week or so ago and they LOVED it! So thank you!

  2. Bekah, I'm so glad your family loved the albondigas soup. It IS delicious, isn't it?

  3. I leave always wanted to try a cream of broccoli soup, but never have. Thanks for the recipe. Perfect soup weather!

  4. This has certainly been a good winter for soup - COLD! This was very easy to make, I hope you'll give it a try, Sandra.

  5. How did you know I had broccoli and wanted to make broccoli and cheddar soup. I will be trying your recipe this weekend.

  6. It's exquisite, Bonnie! I hope you love it too.

  7. This is marvelous! I am honored that you shared at Home and Garden Thursday!

  8. yummmm this looks so good, I just wanted to let you know that I featured your soup on Tuesdays with a Twist #44 this week.

  9. This is one of my favorite soups! pinning this one for sure. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Linda. I hope you love it as much as we do!

  10. That is indeed high praise from your meat and potatoes guy, Kathi! Your Broccoli and Cheddar Soup looks delicious, as do your other Month of Soup Recipes. Thank you so much for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I'm featuring this post at the party this week. Have a great week ahead!

  11. Broccoli Cheddar??? My Fav!!!!
    Thanks for sharing on our Soup Swap Recipe blog party for celebrate 365

  12. Looks yummy! I will take your recipe and modify it to be vegan! Might take a bit of tweaking, but the basic idea will be the same!

    Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop!


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