Soup is not only easy to make but a comforting meal on cold days. After all it is the perfect comfort food. One of our family favorites is Broccoli Cheddar Soup. It is warm, creamy, cheesy and delicious, what more could you ask for in a soup?
How to Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup
To make this creamy and delicious Broccoli Soup you only need a handful of ingredients, 30 minutes and lunch or dinner will be on the table. Grab your ingredients and let’s get to it.
- Onions: caramelize the onions in a little butter and beer for extra flavor
- Remove onions from pan and make a roux.
- Add the stock, half and half and the cream whisk until combines and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Broccoli, carrots and caramelized onion are added to the pan and simmered for another 20-30 minutes until tender.
- Add the nutmeg, salt, pepper and grated cheese. Stir until combined and and the cheese is melted.
- Use your immersion blender or blender to puree the soup. If you prefer chunky soup skip this step.
Can you use frozen broccoli in broccoli cheese soup?
Yes, frozen broccoli can be used in Broccoli Cheddar soup. Soups are a great way frozen broccoli florets but remember that frozen broccoli cooks much faster as it is already blanched.Print
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 10 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.
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. If you like chinky soup you do not need to puree the soup.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 40
- Category: soup
- Cuisine: America
Keywords: Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Broccoli 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 a delicious addition.It reminds me of beer cheese soup which is another popular favorite.
If you don’t have beer or prefer not to use it, just use a little water to help caramelize the onions.
How to Serve Broccoli Cheddar Soup?
This soup is delicious as is. But you could always garnish with chopped steamed broccoli and extra cheese. or even serve it in a bread bowl like they do at your favorite restaurants.
What is your favorite cold weather soup? Share it in the comments.
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