Broccoli Cheese Soup
Fall is soup season in my house, and the weather is definitely starting to cool down. It has hovered right around freezing at night the last couple of days. Which is what makes this broccoli cheese soup so perfect on a chilly fall evening.
What I love about this soup is the fact it is simple and easy to make. Broccoli cheese soup can be made quickly and with minimal effort. If you want a hearty but fast dish, this is perfect. Pairing it with a nice crusty sourdough bread is perfect! This broccoli cheese soup can also be paired with a sandwich for a hearty lunch as well.
Flour (¼ cup)
Broccoli (one large florett)
Onion (½ medium size onion, chopped)
Garlic (2 cloves, chopped)
Butter (½ stick)
Chicken broth (1 can)
Heavy cream (½ cup)
Milk (2 ½ cups)
Parmesan Cheese (½ cup, or simply a couple of handfuls)
Mozzarella cheese (1 package/2 cups/8 ounces)
Sharp cheddar cheese (1 package/2 cups/8 ounces)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
I started to saute the garlic and onions in some butter. As that was going, I added the broccoli as I chopped it up. I used the stems, as I like broccoli stems. Because the stems are so dense, they need to be chopped up into small bites. Otherwise they will never cook and stay crunchy.
After that was done, I added more butter and then flour and cooked it. I added the chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Once this was done and everything mixed/stirred well, I added in the heavy cream and milk.
Turn the heat up and continuously stir until the flour and butter were incorporated and the soup was hot. Then add in the cheese. I used parmesan, mozzarella, and cheddar. I love cheese and this soup is the perfect vehicle for that.
Once the soup is hot and the cheese has melted into it, it is ready to be served! I took a nice sourdough bread and simply dipped it in the soup to eat it. It can be toasted in the oven with some butter or olive oil. Or it can be made into garlic bread with some cheese melted on top.
There is a lot of things you can do with the bread to enhance this meal even more. The key is a good crusty bread that you can dip into the soup and eat it that way. For me, it makes the meal that much better.
I love the fact that this soup came together quite quickly, and I was able to feed Nathan before he went to work. Normally on a Saturday night/Sunday morning, he will run by a fast food place and grab a burger on his way to work. Nothing wrong with that. But I love the fact I could give him a good hearty meal I made this past weekend instead. That kind of made my day, actually.
Nathan also commented about not having to stop and eat on his way to work, and expressed his appreciation for that. That is his normal routine, but I think he appreciated a break in the normal for something better, and that made me happy. Because for me, cooking for him is part of how I express love. I thoroughly enjoy taking the time and effort to make him a meal, and seeing him eat it and enjoy it. It is almost like art. I created something for someone to enjoy.
Have you tried this broccoli cheese soup recipe? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Check out my other soup recipes!