Cheese recipes are always a crowd pleaser, and this Broccoli and Cheddar Soup is no exception. Creamy, comforting, and packed with flavor, this soup is perfect for a cozy meal on a chilly day. With the combination of tender broccoli florets and rich cheddar cheese, this soup is sure to become a family favorite.
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- 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
- 4 cups (946ml) chicken or vegetable broth
- 4 cups (480g) fresh broccoli florets
- 2 cups (480ml) whole milk
- 2 cups (226g) shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional toppings: croutons, extra shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
- Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic, and stir well to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, to cook off the raw flour taste.
- Gradually pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Add the broccoli florets to the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
- Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, puree the soup until smooth. If using a regular blender, work in batches and be careful not to overfill the blender with hot liquid.
- Return the soup to the pot and stir in the milk. Heat the soup over medium-low heat until warmed through, but avoid boiling.
- Slowly add the shredded cheddar cheese to the soup, stirring constantly until the cheese is melted and well incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the Broccoli and Cheddar Soup hot, and garnish with croutons and extra shredded cheddar cheese if desired.
This Broccoli and Cheddar Soup is perfect for lunch or dinner. Serve it as a comforting main course alongside a crusty bread or a side salad. It's also a great option for a starter or appetizer at a dinner party. The rich flavors and creamy texture make it a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on various occasions.