I have been trying to make this soup for two weeks. Once I start craving something, I cannot stop thinking about it until it is actually in my mouth. Sir Streusel and I have been going non-stop for probably five weeks. Getting his 92 year old mother’s house sold, packing up her house, getting her ready for her next phase of retirement home living, and walking through some personal fires, all I wanted was a bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup. I mean, I am a girl of simple wants…a bowl of broccoli soup was all this girl needed! Finally, FINALLY, I made a pot of soup this weekend and it was every bit as good as I thought it was going to be. All my wants, needs, frustrations, and cravings disappeared. This soup is very similar to Panera Bread’s Broccoli Soup. It is creamy, cheesy and loaded with onions, broccoli and carrots.
Sir Streusel and I sat in our chairs with a bowl of soup and a big ‘ol piece of crusty bread and had the best time just being together. He loved it, I loved it, and we loved spending some much needed time together. There is something about a bowl of soup that makes you slow down and take some time to relax.
Make this pot of soup. There won’t be one drop of it left. Don’t forget the crusty bread. You must have the bread to sop up every last drop of goodness!
Jody and Edna
- 1 tbs melted butter
- 1 chopped onion
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups chopped broccoli
- 1 cup julienned carrots (can use the prepared julienned carrots in grocery store)
- 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium pan, saute onion in one tablespoon of butter. Set aside.
- Melt 1/4 cup of butter in pot. Add 1/4 cup all-purpose flour to melted butter and whisk constantly until smooth.
- Add: half and half.
- Add: chicken broth and simmer 15 minutes.
- Add: broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook for 25 minutes on low heat.
- Salt and Pepper to taste.
- *You can either leave the soup as it is, or take out about 1 1/2 cups of the soup, blend it, then return it to the pot. That is my choice.
- Add: cheese
- I took 1 1/2 cups of soup out and put it in another pot. I used an immersion blender to smooth soup. I then returned the soup to the original pot.