Good morning! As another snow storm is expected this week I thought a nice big pot of soup was in order. After all it is the perfect comfort food. It is warm, creamy, cheesy and delicious, what more could you ask for in a soup?
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
1 tsp butter
1/2 cup of yellow onion chopped
1/4 cup of beer
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup of flour
1 cup of half and half
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups chicken stock
3 cups of broccoli florets
1 cup of diced carrots
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8 ounces of sharp cheddar grated
In a large stock pot add 1 tablespoon of butter and the onion and cook on low until soft, then add the beer and continue to cook the onions until caramelized. Remove onions from pan and add 1/4 cup of butter. Melt the butter, then add the flour and whisk for 3-4 minutes. Add the stock, the half and half and the cream, whisk until combined, simmer for 20 minutes. Add the broccoli,carrots, and caramelised onions and simmer another 20-30 minutes on low until the broccoli and carrots are tender. Add the nutmeg, salt, pepper and grated cheese. stir until combined and the cheese is melted. You can use your immersion blender to blend the soup or transfer to a blender to puree if you like smaller chunks.
Note: I did not puree my soup, the vegetables became so tender they fell apart in the soup.
You might notice that the recipe contains caramelized onions and a little beer, not your traditional ingredients for Broccoli Cheddar soup but I think an excellent addition. The beer is a minuscule amount and all of the alcohol burns off and the caramelized onions I was actually using for another recipe but I think they add an additional depth of flavor. You do not need to use the beer or caramelize the onions, you can simply soften the onions in the butter and set aside, the soup is still just as delicious.
This soup is perfect as is, served in a bread bowl or just accompanied by a pile of salty crackers and a side salad.
Have you been making any soup during these last few weeks of snow, cold and more snow and cold? Do you have a favorite recipe to share?
Stay warm today and be safe if you are in the path of the next storm rolling through.