Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

I love Broccoli Cheese Soup, but I’ve never actually made my own. Something about it intimidated me, though I’m not quite sure why. It’s really a simple soup, but for some reason in my head I had built it up to mythic proportions, when in reality something that tastes good doesn’t have to be difficult.

When I get blue I want comfort food. Yes I know, food shouldn’t be comfort, but what can you do? It happens, I won’t deny that it does. I had bought the ingredients I thought would be good in a Broccoli Cheese Soup last Friday, but then I didn’t feel much like cooking over the weekend. Monday for lunch I thought it would hit the spot since it was a dreary sort of day. I told my sister last week I needed to come up with a Broccoli and Cheese soup, so no time like the present!

What I came up with was fabulous! It’s rich, creamy and yes you wouldn’t want to eat this everyday, but there are a lot of foods that are that way. If you’re a fan of Broccoli Cheese Soup this is the soup for you!

What You’ll Need:
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of butter
4 shallots, chopped
2 heaping tablespoons of unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of finely ground black pepper
1 quart of chicken broth (Note: I used some I had made, but store bought will be fine.)
2 cups of fat free half and half (Note: Regular half and half will be fine, or even heavy cream if you just want to go all out.)
7 ounces of Colby cheese, shredded
1 – 16 ounce package of frozen broccoli

Melt butter in olive oil and sauté shallots until slightly caramelized:

Broccoli Cheese Soup: Shallots

Add flour, salt and pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often until slightly browned:

Broccoli Cheese Soup: Mini Roux

This makes a mini “roux”. You want to basically cook the flour, but not let it go all the way to nutty brown.

Add chicken broth and half and half and stir until smooth. Bring to a quick boil, then lower heat to simmer. Add cheese and stir until melted. Next add broccoli and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring often.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Serve immediately.

Notes: If you can’t find shallots, finely chopped red onion will work fine. You could top this with chopped bacon if you preferred. Also if you wanted to process the soup to make the broccoli finer you could, but I like my soup chunky.

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