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Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

This post has been coming for a long time. A very. Long. Time. I love this soup, just like (almost) everyone else. I am set on the notion that if you don’t enjoy broccoli & cheddar soup that there is something wrong with you. Just kidding… At the very least, you are not an American who grew up loving cheese covered comforts. Which, let me clarify, isn’t a bad thing.

(Side Note: Look at the container the soup is in, I found it recently behind a million things in the kitchen. I love the subtle cracks in it, it shows its age well and even though I am afraid it will break whenever I use it.)

I use to spend way too much money at Panera Bread buying this soup (along with my beloved Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich) I love dipping my French Baguette into it and tearing off a bite. I know people are just as obsessed with this soup because Panera keeps it on their menu every day of the week while alternating others. Good move in my opinion.

This is a perfect replica. Every bite makes me feel like I am sitting in a Panera Bread cafe. There is only one thing I don’t enjoy about the Panera Bread version: It isn’t vegetarian friendly. I’m almost a vegetarian and one of the things that prevents me from taking that leap and becoming full veggie is my love for this soup. I’ve made this vegetarian friendly and used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. Maybe this blog will omit meat sooner than later!

One last thing…

Come join SoupaPalooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by KitchenAid, Red Star Yeast and Le Creuset. There are many great soup recipes linked up for SoupaPalooza. If you are craving some soup, go check it out!

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Yield: 6-8

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 35

Total Time: 45

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
1/2 chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 lb fresh broccoli, chopped
1 cup carrot, shredded
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardamom
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated colby jack cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Melt butter in a large pot and sauté onions for 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes

Slowly sprinkle the flour on top while constantly stirring for about 2 minutes. Next, add the vegetable broth, milk and half & half.

Bring the mixture to a simmer. Once simmering add chopped broccoli & shredded carrots.

Continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
Add the cheeses and simmer for another 3-5 minutes

Stir in the cardamom, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

adapted from: Sugarcrafter

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8 Responses to “Broccoli & Cheddar Soup”

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    Terry Watson — February 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I just stopped by your blog and thought I would say hello. I like your site design. Looking forward to reading more down the road.

    • Samantha replied on — February 20th, 2012 at 9:46 am

      hello and thanks terry!

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    Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen — February 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    cheese covered comfort. Magical c’s…. This is the 2nd broccoli cheese post i’ve read today. Must be a sign! 😉 I’m glad i love broccoli cheddar soup, i’m normal at least!

    • Samantha replied on — February 20th, 2012 at 9:46 am

      I really enjoyed writing that alliteration line so I’m really glad you mentioned the “magical c’s” and yes! it is a sign! go eat some soup!

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    hungryandfrozen — February 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve never heard of brocolli cheddar soup, but then I am not an American 🙂 Brocolli and blue cheese soup is pretty big over here, but I like the sound of this too – especially that there’s nutmeg in it, nutmeg goes so well with cheese! Also, love the bowl, cracks and all 🙂

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    Anna — February 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve tried out the recipe today. The soup turned out to be absolutely delicious! It even may become my favorite one 😉
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Samantha replied on — March 7th, 2012 at 10:09 am

      I’m glad you tried it and enjoyed it! Hooray!

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    Marcy — March 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    It is delicious! Thanks! Just so you know-the instructions do not tell when to add the spices.

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