I love soup. Love it! It’s so good and an easy choice for any meal.. especially lunch. Pop the top, stir in a splash of water, throw it in the microwave and tada! Slurp it down. My favorite is vegetable soup. This sounds weird followed by what I’m about to tell you… I dislike almost every type of vegetable known to mankind. Vegetables just don’t do much for me (minus the health benefits of course).
A few weeks ago, Goose wanted to eat at Panera Bread. She ordered the Broccoli Cheese Soup and I got their yummy Tomato Soup. When we got our order.. I high-tailed it back to our table to escape all the people trying to squeeze down the line… That’s when I noticed both soups were Broccoli Cheese. Broccoli in soup isn’t in my top 5 picks.. but rather than push my way back up the line I excepted the mistake.
So where am I going with all this vegetable non-sense?
I’ll tell you… I’m now very much in love with Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheese Soup. It’s so good that I wanted more..and so did Goose. So, I Googled the recipe. And from the online pages of GroupRecipes.com I present to you something so delicious..
a copycat recipe for Broccoli Cheese Soup:
1 tbls. butter, melted
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups half & half
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 lb. fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
salt & pepper, to taste
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
Saute onion in 1 tbls. butter
In another pan, cook melted butter and flour , whisking over medium heat for 3-4 minutes
Slowly add half & half while continuing to whisk
Add chicken stock, while continuing to whisk
Once it starts to simmer, let simmer for 20 minutes
Add broccoli, carrots and onions
Cook over low heat until veggies are tender
Add salt and pepper
Pour in batches into blender and mix or use immersion blender
Return to pot and over low heat, add cheese, stirring until well blended
Stir in the nutmeg