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Homemade Broccoli and Cheddar Soup – Low-Carb Warmth

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Introduction:
Homemade soups have always held a special place in the hearts and kitchens of many. The comforting aroma of simmering ingredients, the warmth that wraps around you with every spoonful, and the undeniable satisfaction of a well-made soup – it’s simply unbeatable. Today, we’re going to delve into the art of creating a classic: Broccoli and Cheddar Soup. But there’s a twist; we’re making it low-carb without sacrificing any of that creamy, cheesy goodness. Let’s embark on this culinary journey to create a bowl of comfort, health, and flavor.

Preparation:

  1. Preparing the Broccoli:
  1. Begin by trimming the broccoli, discarding any tough stems. Cut the florets into small, bite-sized pieces. Set them aside.
  1. Sautéing the Aromatics:
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic. Sauté them until they turn translucent and fragrant, which should take about 5 minutes.
  1. Cooking the Broccoli:
  1. Now, add the broccoli florets to the pot. Stir them in with the sautéed onions and garlic. Sprinkle in the dried thyme, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the broccoli to soften slightly.
  1. Adding the Broth:
  1. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, ensuring that it covers the broccoli completely. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
  1. Blending the Soup:
  1. Carefully transfer the soup to a blender or use an immersion blender directly in the pot to puree the mixture until it’s smooth and creamy.
  • Adding Cream and Cheese:

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prep time
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cooking time
30 minutes.
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30 minutes.
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Equipment

  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth (low-sodium)

  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Large pot

  • Wooden spoon

  • Immersion blender or regular blender

  • Cutting board and knife

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Ladle

  • Soup bowls for serving

Ingredients

  • troduction:

  • Homemade soups have always held a special place in the hearts and kitchens of many. The comforting aroma of simmering ingredients, the warmth that wraps around you with every spoonful, and the undeniable satisfaction of a well-made soup - it's simply unbeatable. Today, we're going to delve into the art of creating a classic: Broccoli and Cheddar Soup. But there's a twist; we're making it low-carb without sacrificing any of that creamy, cheesy goodness. Let's embark on this culinary journey to create a bowl of comfort, health, and flavor.

  • Preparation:

  • Preparing the Broccoli:

  • Begin by trimming the broccoli, discarding any tough stems. Cut the florets into small, bite-sized pieces. Set them aside.

  • Sautéing the Aromatics:

  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic. Sauté them until they turn translucent and fragrant, which should take about 5 minutes.

  • Cooking the Broccoli:

  • Now, add the broccoli florets to the pot. Stir them in with the sautéed onions and garlic. Sprinkle in the dried thyme, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the broccoli to soften slightly.

  • Adding the Broth:

  • Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, ensuring that it covers the broccoli completely. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.

  • Blending the Soup:

  • Carefully transfer the soup to a blender or use an immersion blender directly in the pot to puree the mixture until it's smooth and creamy.

  • Adding Cream and Cheese:

  • Return the pureed soup to the pot over low heat. Stir in the heavy cream and grated cheddar cheese, reserving a bit of cheese for garnish. Continue to cook, stirring, until the cheese is fully melted and the soup is heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Serving:

  • Ladle the low-carb broccoli and cheddar soup into bowls. Garnish with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, a dash of cracked black pepper, and a few broccoli florets for an appealing presentation.

  • Conclusion:

  • The origins of broccoli and cheddar soup can be traced back to the United States in the 20th century. The combination of broccoli and cheddar cheese became a staple in American cuisine, and the creamy soup variation gained popularity as a comforting and hearty dish. Homemade Broccoli and Cheddar Soup - Low-Carb Warmth is not only a delicious and satisfying meal but also a healthier version of a classic comfort food. By using fresh ingredients and reducing the carb content, you can enjoy the rich flavors of this iconic soup without any guilt. So, warm up your kitchen and your soul with a bowl of this delightful creation. Bon appétit!

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Instructions

1
Prepare broccoli.
2
Sauté aromatics.
3
Cook broccoli with broth.
4
Blend, add cream, cheese.
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