Better than Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The finished product

The last two days have seen a shift in weather here in Boston. The rain persisted all yesterday, well into the night, and finally subsided sometime this afternoon. However, temperatures keep dropping, and the wind keeps howling. Fall is finally settling into New England. Know what that means? That’s right, it’s finally soup season!

A previous post shows that I was ready for soup season way before Boston was, but yesterday was the perfect day to try making a broccoli cheddar soup. Again, my method is toss some stuff in and see what forms, but I’ll post a recipe, anyway.

Ingredients (for two servings)

  • 1 whole bunch of broccoli, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 onion (rough estimate, I love onion but just eyeball it), minced
  • CHEDDAR (no measurement because you can use almost as much as your colon can stand)
  • 1/2 cup Milk (if you read my last soup recipe post, you already know my thoughts on which milk to use. If you haven’t, just go by your judgment unless you want to read a small sermon.)

Toss the broccoli into a pot with water and let boil until soft, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, saute the

Broccoli boiling

garlic followed closely (but not at the same time) by the onion for a few minutes. Chop up the cheese. Once the broccoli’s done, get out your trusty blender (best kitchen friend for me) and put in the broccoli, followed by the sauted onion/garlic mix, and the cheese. Slowly pour in a little milk, blend, then pour the rest in. The amount of blending is honestly based on preference. I like creamier soups, but my friend who got to enjoy this soup complained of a lack of broccoli chunks. So blend to your preference then pour soup back into pot and heat, pouring more milk as needed to get the consistency you’d like. Ah, don’t forget a little salt and pepper! Those greatly enhance the flavor of the soup (and most anything else you’ll ever cook). 

Once you’ve got the soup at the right texture, temperature, and consistency, simply pour yourself a bowl (or cup!) and enjoy! Rich, salty and savory, and cheesy, this soup is perfect for those days when you just want to cuddle up with a blanket and watch the rain fall.

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