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Classic Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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There are many things I love about living in New England- the seasons being one of them. I love the crisp falling leaves, the bright yellow daffodils poking their way through the ground in early spring. The only thing I don’t love about the seasons is the weather. Well, mostly the winter. Winter here is bitter cold and damp, and going outside isn’t the most appealing, in my opinion- as a girl who loves to be outside. So for me, winter is about staying in, getting cozy and enjoying time at home. This soup feels like warming up, from the inside out. The recipe is classic and made with all real food ingredients- that means real cream, real butter- and a whole lot of veggies, to boot. It’s pretty similar to a soup many of us know and love from a familiar restaurant chain- only better, because it’s made from home, with love- in only 20 minutes or so. Happy cozying up!

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Classic Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  • Author: Kristin Dovbniak
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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1 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp butter

1 small onion, diced

2 medium carrots, grated (about 1/2 cup)

3 large cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (gluten-free works here, as well)

4 cups broth- chicken or veggie

23 cups broccoli, chopped finely (stems and all!)

1/2 tsp sea salt (more as needed)

cracked black pepper

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 cup heavy cream (or half and half)

12 cups grated block cheddar cheese (the pre-shredded doesn’t melt well!)

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil and butter to medium in a medium-large dutch oven or pot.

  2. Add onion and carrots and cook until mostly soft. Stir in garlic.

  3. Stir in flour and let toast for 20-30 seconds to remove the raw taste.

  4. Add in broth and bring to a rolling simmer (I like to cover it to help it come to a simmer). Stir in broccoli, sea salt and pepper.

  5. Cover and cook until broccoli is soft.

  6. Turn off heat, let cool slightly for 2-3 minutes and stir in heavy cream.

  7. Stir in grated cheese until melted.

  8. Let simmer another 2-3 minutes to thicken. Taste for seasoning and serve with your favorite bread.

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