Broccoli Cheese Soup with a Kick!

Tonight for dinner I made something I have been craving for a while now.

Broccoli Cheese Soup. 

I have seen tons of awesome recipes online – it was too hard to pick just one, so I combined a few of them to create my own version of this classic soup.

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It all begins with 1 large onion. I sliced & diced this bad boy up.

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Next, add 1/2 cup of butter to a warm pot on the stove & let it fully melt.

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Then add the onion & cook for a few minutes.

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After a few minutes of the onions cooking, add in 1/3 cup flour

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Stir & cook  the mixture for another minute or two.

Then slowly whisk in 2 cups of half & half and 4 cups of whole milk.

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Next add 4 heads of broccoli cut into florets.

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Random thought: Aren’t broccoli stems weird looking?

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I think they are!

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Back to the soup!

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I added a tiny sprinkling of cinnamon, a bit of salt & a hefty bit of pepper.

To me, the more pepper, the better!

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Cover the pot & let simmer for about 25 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.

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Now its the fun part – adding the cheese!

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I added about 2 cups of cheddar, 1/2 cup of gouda & 1/2 cup mozzarella

(aka – all the cheese we had in the fridge)

Add the cheese in 1 handful at a time, making sure it fully melts before adding in the next portion.

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OH NO! My soup is bleeding!

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Just kidding! I added a few splashes of habanero pepper sauce to the soup to give it a little KICK!

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Then I attempted to use my immersion blender (for the 2nd time!) It was a much smoother process this time around. I blended the soup a few times around to smooth everything out a little bit but not completely. I still wanted some broccoli chunks in my soup but other options include:

a) go full chunk & not blend at all

b) do what I did & blend half or

c) completely blend it down so its a silky smooth soup!

You really can’t go wrong either way at all!

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The finished product!

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I served the soup with a little extra cheese on top – because is there really such a thing as too much cheese?! I don’t think so!

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This soup was way better than I ever could have imagined. The fresh broccoli was enjoyable, it was the perfect amount of cheese & the habanero sauce gave it the perfect kick!

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Charles really loved it too, he said it was delicious and is pumped to have leftovers tomorrow!

It was the perfect soup to enjoy on this dreary day! Enjoy!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Nina January 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Yummy! I think I’m going to try to make this. I’ve never made broccoli soup before.

  • Reply Patty O January 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Looks delish – I have to say that you are a great little soup maker!

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