Broccoli Cheddar Soup

What’s up with me lately? Posting like…healthy recipes. 2 in a row-that’s a big deal for me!

I feel like I need to look in the mirror and make sure I’m still me! 

Well, I have realized that like 95% of the recipes on here are sweets. Yes, I love sweets. You love sweets. We all love sweets! (right..?)

Anyways, balance is something I should probably practice more of, which is why I’m starting to make a few more like real foods. Personally, chocolate and cupcakes are real food to me but apparently the food pyramid (or whatever the new thing is that’s going around..”my plate” I think?) doesn’t agree. Silly “my plate”

But back to the soup here that I made. Did I mention I made soup before? Well here I did. If you have ever been to this little amazing place called Panera, you may have heard of this soup. Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Practically a bowl of hopes and dreams…healthy style of course. (We all know that if it wasn’t healthy, I’d be talking about a bowl of ice cream).

Soup is WAY, WAY, WAY easier to make than I ever would have thought. Another bonus is that you probably have almost all the ingredients already in your house. These were the only ingredients (below) that I actually had to go to the store to buy, but many of you probably already have this stuff in your house.

Preparing this soup took me about 30-45 minutes. People who cook often for themselves and their families can probably make it faster than myself. Chopping the onions really slowed me down. Man, was I a mess! I looked like a middle school girl who just got dumped by her boyfriend. (ahh…middle school relationships)But really, I’ve got a super low tolerance for onions. I practically had my eyeballs a centimeter away from a candle to try and get the tears to cease but they just wouldn’t quit!

This soup is really one you can do a lot to play with. Using different types of cheese could add a nice element or if you’re a big veggie fan you can up the broccoli. Using cream or half and half will give you a heavier, but creamier soup. Adding different spices can also make it a little more interesting.

Hope you all enjoy this soup sometime soon. But don’t fear, more sweet treats will be comin’ atchya later! ;)

P.S. I had some of that Red Hen Bread with this that I was talking about the other day…perfection! So delicious dipped in the soup. I’m a total sucker for good bread and soup!!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup chopped onions

2 1/2 cups milk (I used skim)

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

16 oz. broccoli florets (I used a bag of the frozen kind)

3 cups chicken broth (I used low sodium and reduced fat)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

8 oz. cheese, cubed (I used velvet 2% milk cheese)(processed cheese melts best even though the idea of using processed food may make you cringe)

  1. In a heavy saucepan, sauté minced garlic and chopped onion for about 3 minutes until tender. Add chicken broth and broccoli. Heat oven medium-high heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk milk and flour until blended. After cooking for 10 minutes, add milk mixture to broccoli mixture on stove. Cook for about 5 minutes or until it becomes slightly thick-don’t stop stirring! Stir in pepper. Remove from heat and add cubed cheese, stirring until cheese melts. It will probably take about 5 minutes for all the cheese to become fully incorporated.
  3. Ladle about 1/3 of the coup in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. I processed mine quite a bit and it came out a very green, smooth mixture. If you prefer a chunkier soup, you might want to process less than me and just pulse the soup or even skip this step all together.
  4. Return processed soup mixture to pan and serve!

Random Fact of the Day: Women end up digesting most of the lipstick they apply.

8 thoughts on “Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  1. We digest lipstick?! Wow! Now that is a random fact I never would have thought about. :) The soup looks fabulously warming. I’d probably make it less healthy and serve it in a bread bowl too. Love Panera!

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