Monday, May 30, 2011

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

I realize it is Memorial Day--I did have a picnic type recipe planned. But we were greeted this morning with more snow and cold weather. Perfect day to share this yummy soup!

I think I just had a life changing experience! I was looking for a tasty Broccoli Soup that used sharp cheddar cheese and a light but creamy sauce. I found this yummy recipe on Mel's Kitchen Cafe, one of my favorite blogs. In addition to the sharp cheddar cheese it also called for 1/2 cup swiss cheese. I substituted gruyere cheese for the swiss. Talk about an amazing flavor! I have never used gruyere cheese, it is a bit pricey.  I found some on sale and had to see if it really was that good. It is. I will be saving my pennies for this special cheese. I used the leftover gruyere cheese on a grilled cheese, tomato and basil sandwich. No photo I was too anxious to eat it! Delicious!

 Cheesy Broccoli Soup
1 can chicken broth
1 small onion diced
Broccoli, stems, peeled and diced
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk--I used 1%
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup swiss cheese, or gruyere
3 cups chopped, lightly steamed or blanched broccoli (put chopped broccoli in a large glass bowl, cover with saran wrap and microwave 3-4 minutes.)
Simmer chicken broth, chopped onion and broccoli stems for 15 minutes in covered small saucepan. Heat milk in microwave for a minute or two. In medium size saucepan melt butter, add flour and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes then whisk in warm milk. Stir and heat together on medium-high heat until soup starts to thicken. Add chicken broth, stir and heat. Add cheeses and steamed broccoli.
I think this soup would be yummy with any kind of steamed veggies. Cauliflower, carrots, peas, potatoes etc.


Paul & Kaytie said...

It's beautiful weather here and I think I might just forgo the picnic planned and make this. Looks yummy.

Unknown said...

that cheese is so super pricey, people love it with their pasta too. Lovely soup.

cocoa and coconut said...

That's great! You know the only "soup" recipe I have is pumpkin soup. I am so glad to have this one now as well!!

Nedra said...

It's going to be hovering around 100 degrees here in Arizona this week, so it's hard to imagine you are still having cold weather and snow. The soup looks delicious!

Camilla M. Mann said...

Visiting from Rook No. 17's "A Little Birdie Told Me." So glad to see this. Love it!

Unknown said...

mmm that looks really good! I've always been a broccoli fan myself!

Jenn Erickson said...

Substituting the gruyere for the swiss...genius! You have the midas touch with everything you cook.


Kristin said...

It's a cool and rainy August day and I have fresh broccoli from the garden. SO GOING TO MAKE THIS.