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The Ultimate Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

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In winter’s chilly embrace or on a rainy day, there’s nothing quite like a steaming bowl of broccoli cheddar soup to warm the soul. This classic comfort dish has stood the test of time, evolving into a beloved staple in households and restaurants. Today, we embark on a journey to master creating the perfect blend of creamy richness and vibrant broccoli goodness.

Historical Context

The roots of broccoli cheddar soup can be traced back to the United States in the 20th century, gaining widespread popularity in the comfort food scene. Originally a simple soup, it has become a canvas for culinary creativity, with chefs adding their unique twists to enhance the flavour profile.


Ingredients:

4 cups fresh broccoli, chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 onion, finely diced
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: A pinch of nutmeg for a subtle warmth


Utensils
Large soup pot
Wooden spoon
Whisk
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
Grater
Ladle
Measuring cups and spoons

The Process:

  1. Prep Time: 20 minutes
  2. Wash and chop broccoli.
  3. Shred carrots.
  4. Finely dice onion.
  5. Cook Time: 30 minutes
  6. In the soup pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  7. Add diced onions, cooking until translucent.
  8. Whisk in flour to create a roux, cooking for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Gradually add broth, whisking to avoid lumps.
  10. Stir in milk, bringing the mixture to a simmer.
  11. Add broccoli and carrots, cooking until tender.
  12. Season with salt, pepper, and optional nutmeg.
  13. Total Time: 50 minutes
  14. Simmer the soup for an additional 10-15 minutes to meld flavours.
  15. Gradually add shredded cheddar, stirring until melted.
  16. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  17. Servings and Yield:
  18. This recipe serves 6.
  19. Each serving is a hearty bowl of comfort, making it ideal for family dinners or a cosy night in.

Conclusion

As the aroma of this velvety broccoli cheddar soup fills your kitchen, you’ll know you’ve created a dish that transcends the ordinary. Share this heartwarming classic with loved ones, and bask in the satisfaction of mastering a recipe that captures the essence of comfort in every spoonful.

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prep time
20 minutes
cooking time
30 minutes
servings
6
total time
50 minutes

Equipment

  • Large soup pot

  • Wooden spoon

  • Whisk

  • Cutting board

  • Chef's knife

  • Grater

  • Ladle

  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh broccoli, chopped

  • 1 cup carrots, shredded

  • 1 onion, finely diced

  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional: A pinch of nutmeg for a subtle warmth

Instructions

1
Wash and chop broccoli. Shred carrots. Finely dice onion.
2
In the soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add diced onions, cooking until translucent. Whisk in flour to create a roux, cooking for 2-3 minutes. Gradually add broth, whisking to avoid lumps. Stir in milk, bringing the mixture to a simmer. Add broccoli and carrots, cooking until tender. Season with salt, pepper, and optional nutmeg.
3
Simmer the soup for an additional 10-15 minutes to meld flavours. Gradually add shredded cheddar, stirring until melted. Adjust seasoning to taste. Servings and Yield: This recipe serves 6. Each serving is a hearty bowl of comfort, making it ideal for family dinners or a cosy night in.

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