Sunday, September 28, 2008

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

So, this is my first recipe entry ever. I apologize in advance (even as I write this) because I already know that it won't turn out as nicely as I had hoped that it would. However, I promise that every time I post a new recipe, I will be better than the last time...especially the pictures. Who knew photographing food could be so difficult?!?!

The following recipe is what I made for dinner tonight. It is Sunday, which means dinner has to be something easy that I can eat whenever and that will also be easy for Tim to heat up when he gets home from band practice. I made this soup because it is SUPER easy (I do have a paper to write tonight, after all) and delicious...I like to think that it rivals that of Panera Bread's soup!

So, here I go.......

1. Gather all of the ingredients. My first mistake: I left the whole milk out of the picture. As my husband would say, I'm such a newbie (i think that's how you spell it???) Anyway, I have gathered REAL butter (i prefer the half sticks because i think they're cute), a cooking onion, ground white pepper, frozen chopped broccoli, chicken broth, garlic, flour, whole milk, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and salt.

2. Melt a 1/4 cup of butter over medium heat in stockpot.

3. Dice 1 small cooking onion and cook in the butter until softened.

4. Add 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper; cook for about 1 minute.

5. Stir in 16 oz. of frozen broccoli.

6. Stir in one quart of chicken broth.

7. Bring to a boil and simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.


8. Whisk 1/2 cup of flour into 1 1/2 cups of whole milk until dissolved.

9. Once the soup has finished simmering, stir the flour/milk mixture into the soup--stirring frequently until the soup has thickened.

10. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in 8 oz. of shredded sharp cheddar cheese until it has melted and the soup is heated through.

11. Season with salt to taste and when you are finished your soup should look something like this (although you might have a different spoon):

I suggest pairing it with a sandwich for a yummy meal. I made a BLT and Tim will most likely have a roast beef sandwich. In case you were wondering this is what i ate for dinner tonight....mmmmmmmm :)

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup (for the visually impaired)

1/4 cup real butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp. white pepper
16 oz. frozen chopped broccoli
1 quart chicken broth
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt to taste

1. Melt butter over medium heat in stockpot. Cook onion in butter until softened. Add garlic and pepper; cook for 1 minute then stir in broccoli and stir in chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, whisk flour into milk until dissolved. Stir into soup frequently until thickened. Reduce heat and stir in cheese until melted and heated through.

3. Season with salt to taste.



Brenda Brown said...

This is something that I'm deff gonna try. Everyone in this house is watching the calories and fat so if I'd tried one of your other posts we'd fall off the wagon. We all love soup here so I'm really excited to try this one out! AND I bet it's really good and you're just being modest. hehe

Jenn Ford said...

haha,it is quite delicious and super easy to make. let me know how yours turns out!