Broccoli Cheddar Soup

My favorite things in the world are served in bowls: soup, noodles, ice cream, pudding, flavored whipped cream- don’t judge. YUMMM!

We had a snow storm here in Chicago that left us covered in 8 inches of snow. A day like that calls for homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup and for my carb-eating parents, thick slices of crusty rosemary olive oil bread to accompany the creamy soup. We cuddled up on the couch and stuffed our faces with decliousness while having an endless movie marathon. The view from my parent’s house is amazing, everything looks so magical when covered in white untouched snow. My beloved Chum-Chum (Maltese son) does not appreciate the snow and serene view as much as i do. I let him out last night and he unknowingly jumped off of the bottom step and sank into the snow. His head was the only visible part of his body and he swam back to the front steps in an effort to escape the cold and snow. Poor baby ran back into the house so fast that i feared he hurt himself. To apologize for my bad parenting move and not protecting him from the snow, I served him broccoli with melted cheese, he seems to have forgiven me.

Makes 3 servings

Bowl of Cheddar Broccoli SoupINGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

2 cups whole milk

1 cup half and half

1lb or 16 ounces of broccoli, cut into florets

1 pinch of nutmeg

1 pinch of cumin

1.5 cup grated mild cheddar cheese (I like to make different variations of this soup with pepper jack, Gruyère or mix in some goat cheese)

DIRECTIONS

Turn the stove onto to medium-low heat. In a large sauce pan, melt the butter and add onions and allow them to saute until they are translucent.

Add the flour and garlic and mix to ensure they cook without burning.

Add in the remaining ingredients, all but the cheese. Cover with the lid and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes until the broccoli is fully cooked.

Add the cheese and allow to melt.

I like to take half of the mixture and run it in the blender so you have both chunks and smooth soup. You can serve as it or blend the entire thing to get a smoother consistency. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.

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