Thursday, June 28, 2012

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Well if you're anything like the husband and I, we LOVE Panera Bread, especially their broccoli cheddar soup. Each time we go, we always get a cup of soup with our sandwich.  So, tonight I decided to give it at try and see if I could make something similar to it. I have looked online for recipes and the one I found seemed pretty good, although I did tweak it a little bit and doubled it so we could use it as leftovers tomorrow. The recipe below will be what I used (that includes it being doubled, so if you want less then just cut it in half).

What you will need:
2 cups of half and half
2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of flour
4 cups of chicken stock
2 whole slices of onion
2 clove garlic
1/4 cup of butter
1/2 lb of fresh, chopped broccoli
1 cup of carrots chopped and shredded
1/4 tsp of cardamom
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
salt and pepper
8 oz of sharp cheddar cheese shredded
4 oz of colby jack cheese  shredded

First start out by chopping up your onion. Put the butter, onion and garlic clove in a pot to sauté it for awhile on medium heat
Once that is going, you can start to cut and chop up the broccoli and carrots.
After about 5-10 minutes, go ahead and add in the flour, milk, half and half, and chicken stock, stirring occasionally until it's almost at a boil.

Next add in the carrots and broccoli then bring it to a low heat to simmer for 20 minutes.  Then, add in the cardamom, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and cheeses and keep on a low heat for additional 10 minutes.

It's really up to you on how much of what you add in depending on what you like, but this could be a good starter.

Then enjoy!
(ignore the time stamp on these photos, I was using our smaller camera that Matt took with him during his deployment, so it's a bit off.)

Mm, soup and turkey wrap!

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