Farm Fresh Broccoli Cheese Soup
There is nothing more comforting than a bowl full of soup to warm your belly on a crisp fall day. I love to make soup. It’s a perfect one pot meal that is nutritious and satisfying. What I also like about soup is that it feeds a crowd…and I like to feed everyone. I guess you can call broccoli cheese soup my Achilles heel. I love it! I also order it every chance I get when it is on the menu if I am dining out. For me, it’s one of those soups that is hearty, filling and makes me happy. As the saying goes, if mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.
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It’s broccoli season on our farm, which means it’s the perfect opportunity for me to make broccoli cheese soup using the broccoli we grow here at Russo’s. What I love about this Farm Fresh Broccoli Soup recipe is it is it’s packed with not only broccoli, but also carrots, celery and onions, making it both nutritious and delicious.
The broccoli is combined with carrots, onions and celery for the perfect flavor combination which adds a wonderful balance to this soup. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner, a get together with friends and family or a special holiday like Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hope you enjoy.
- 4 cups of broccoli chopped
- 3/4 cup onion diced
- 1/2 cup carrot diced
- 1/2 cup celery diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 - 48 oz. can low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups half and half
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- In large pot, melt butter.
- Add carrots, celery, garlic and onions and sauté until translucent.
- Add broccoli and then pour 1-48 ounce can of chicken stock into the pot.
- Season with salt, pepper and bay leaf.
- Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Once broth is finished simmering, remove bay leaf. Take out about 1 1/2 cups for the broccoli from the soup and set aside.
- To thicken soup, mix 1 cup of cold chicken broth with 2/3 cup of flour.Bring soup to a boil and slowly pour into soup. Soup will thicken once it comes to a full boil.
- Reduce heat to a slow simmer.
- Use an emulsion blender to puree the soup in the pot. Blend until the chunks of vegetables are well pureed.
- Add the broccoli that was set aside back into the soup.
- Finish soup off by adding 2 cups of half and half and 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Bring to simmer for 4 minutes and reduce to low.
- Garnish bowl with extra cheddar cheese.
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This broccoli cheese soup sounds wonderful! I love making chicken taco soup this time of year.
Mary Beth Elderton
This looks so good. I love broccoli cheese soup,but have never tried making it before. I am bookmarking this recipe to try. Thanks!
love these recipes
That looks delicious!
It’s soup season – YAY! Broccoli and cheese soup is one of my favs!
Ok finally I found a Broccoli and Cheese Soup0 that sounds really good had some last week at a restaurant and wanted to make some at home NOW i can
This sounds simply delicious! And what a great day to have some, here in Pa. Where the temps are in the 40’s. Brrrr baby, it’s cold outside 🙂
Yum! I can’t wait to try this out. This is perfect for a Fall day.
Looks absolutely delicious Melissa! I can’t wait to try it!
What a great recipe and giveaway. Can’t wait to win! 😉
I love pumpkin pie!
My son would fight me for a big ‘ol bowl of this!! OmmmNommm!
Yum, this recipe looks delicious. Broccoli and cheese goes so well together. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Fridays. Hope to see you again this week.
Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous blog post with us on #PureBlogLove! I can’t wait to see what you have ins store for this Thursday!
Have a great night
This looks delicious, healthy and filling.
Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays.
I like how you added extra veggies to add dimension and some extra flavor to your soup. That has always been one of my biggest pet peeves with Broccoli Cheese soup was how boring it tasted. Thanks for sharing with the Merry Monday linky party and make sure to stop by again next week.
I have been searching for a recipe just like this. I recently got a delicious looking head of broccoli in my Door to Door Organics box and just felt like it was perfect for this soup!
Looks like a very yummy recipe!
This looks sooo good. I love broccoli cheese soup, and I often forget to make it!
My fav Fall recipe is summer squash casserole.
I’v been making apple pecan cheesecake bars lately. Yum!
Best I’ve ever made! I sure hope you have an email subscriptions so I can get more of your recipes!