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Farm Fresh Broccoli Cheese Soup

This hearty Farm Fresh Broccoli Cheese Soup is hearty and nutritious. Packed with fresh broccoli and farm fresh vegetables, it's sure to warm you up any time of the year.
Course Soup
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Melissa Russo / thefarmgirlgabs.com

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In large pot, melt butter.
  2. Add carrots, celery, garlic and onions and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add broccoli and then pour 1-48 ounce can of chicken stock into the pot.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and bay leaf.
  5. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Once broth is finished simmering, remove bay leaf. Take out about 1 1/2 cups for the broccoli from the soup and set aside.
  7. 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.
  8. Reduce heat to a slow simmer.
  9. Use an emulsion blender to puree the soup in the pot. Blend until the chunks of vegetables are well pureed.
  10. Add the broccoli that was set aside back into the soup.
  11. 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.
  12. Garnish bowl with extra cheddar cheese.