Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Broccoli Cheese Soup

A blogger friend of mine asked for a good recipe for Broccoli Cheese soup today, and I thought, why just give it to her when I can share with all of you?

Broccoli Cheese Soup

3 Tbsp butter
1/2 yellow onion, diced fine
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
Pinch nutmeg (sounds strange but it works!)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/8 dried thyme (or 1/2 tsp fresh if you can find it)
3 Tbsp flour
3 cups chicken broth
2-3 cups of fresh broccoli
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cups of shredded Sharp Cheddar (original recipe called for medium, but its too mild for me)
2 Tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces

In soup pot, melt butter over med. high heat. Add onions, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook until soft (about 3 minutes). Add garlic and thyme. Stir constantly for about 20 seconds. Slowly add chicken broth while whisking constantly. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened for about 5 minutes. Add broccoli and cook for 10 minutes until tender.

Add cream and just bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add one handful cheese and stir until completely melted, repeat until all cheese is added. Add remaining 2 Tbsp cold butter. Stir until it is mixed thoroughly.

This recipe was adapted from Carrie's Sweet Life.