This recipe for Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup may just be the best your ever tasted! Seriously, I am not just saying that because I created it. Well, maybe. Haha! It’s relatively easy to prepare and can be on your table in about thirty minutes, or so. If you love soup as much as I do, be sure to check out more of my most favored soup recipes!
When I wrote this recipe over a year ago, I am not ashamed to say that I used bread bowls I purchased from Panera. At the time, I was not even thinking I ever would (or could), make my very own sourdough bread bowls. With the help of Amanda (I Am Homesteader) and Joshua Weissman, I gathered up the courage and made my very first Artisan Sourdough Bread. The following week, I made my very own Sourdough Bread Bowls. They were beautiful!
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HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP
Heat up the olive oil and butter in a large pot. Add in the onions, garlic, celery and carrots. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Soften the vegetables for about five minutes. Try not to brown.
Once the vegetables have softened, coat the vegetables with the flour. Cook off the flour taste. This will take a minute or two. Slowly whisk in the chicken stock. The mixture should not be too thick at this point. If it is, add a touch more chicken stock. If you want to make the soup vegetarian, replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock.
Add in the broccoli florets, bay leaves and Parmesan rind. Feel free to leave out the rind if you do not have one. However, I highly encourage you to buy a container at your local grocery store. Store in the freezer. Parmesan rinds are great additions to any soup. Brind to just under a boil. Turn down the heat. Allow to simmer uncovered, for about ten to fifteen minutes.
TO FINISH AND SERVE THE BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP
Remove and discard the bay leaves and Parmesan rind. Turn the heat back up to medium. Stir in the heavy whipping cream. Using an immersion blender, blend to your desired consistency. I’m not really into chunky. So, I blend to a smooth texture. This can also be done in a standup blender. Just be very careful. The mixture is HOT! Allow everything to heat through another five minutes. Once blended the soup will start to thicken just a bit.
Turn off the heat. Slowly. I mean very, very slowly, whisk in the shredded cheese. If you dump the cheese in all at once, it will clump. Slowly incorporating the cheese will produce a smooth and creamy soup. Taste for salt.
Serve up this fabulous Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup in bread bowls. Or, if you are keto-friendly, serve up in large bowls. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese. ENJOY!
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