Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Broccoli Cheddar Soup | Easy Soup Recipe

Broccoli Cheddar Soup, a delicious, creamy & cheesy soup, perfect for cold winter nights. My love for soups started only after I started to travel outside India. Before that, I liked to taste only a few spoons of soups mainly because I didn't grow up having soup as a meal and also the soup that I had tasted in many Indian restaurants were simply the diluted version of curries.

Later, slowly i became a soup fan, all credits to panera bread restaurant which is my go to place for lunch/dinner whenever we're traveling.  This broccoli cheddar soup is my humble attempt to recreate the panera bread style soup with minimal ingredients. I won't say that this soup tastes exactly like a restaurant but it's simply delicious without any cream or fancy ingredients !  
Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Moreover, now , the weather here in Canada demands more soup for winter nights.  Like i said in my hot chocolate post, soups are also a perfect winter food. Having a bowl of hot soup gives such a cozy and warm feel. I can't image having soup as meal on hot days and that makes me wonder how easily weather influences our food habits and moods. 

Ok, enough with my rambling, let's move on to the recipe. Usually i make soups for nights and one day when i had shared this soup on my IG story, many requested to share the recipe. So last week, i prepared this for our lunch that way i can take some decent pictures and share the recipe here. Now , let's check out on how to make this creamy delicious broccoli cheddar soup.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Preparation Time : 1 hr | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Soup | Recipe Cuisine: International
Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Broccoli Soup, Easu Broccoli Soup, Panera bread style broccoli soup Broccoli Cheddar Soup, a delicious, creamy & cheesy soup, perfect for cold winter nights.
Ingredients
Broccoli Crown - 1 (medium size)
Celery stalk - 3 
Onion - 1/4 
Carrot - 1 
Garlic - 3 gloves 
Butter - 1 tbsp 
Olive oil - 1 tsp
All purpose flour - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Vegetable stock - 2 cups
Milk - 2 cups
Cheddar Cheese - 3 tbsp
Chili flakes - 1/2 tsp
Italian Seasoning - 1 tsp 
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Procedure
Cut the broccoli crown, celery stalk and onion into small pieces. Cut the carrot into thin slices and minced the garlic finely. Heat the oil & butter in a sauce pan, add garlic.
Saute till the garlic is fragrant and then add the onion,carrot & celery and give a good mix. 
Next add the broccoli and saute them all in butter-oil mixture. Then add the flour & mix it well. 
Next add the vegetable stock and milk.
Then add the salt, chili flakes and italian seasonings. 
Simmer for a while till the veggies are soft. Once the veggies are cooked, transfer half of them in a blender jar and grind into smooth puree(if you have a immersion blender, use it here) and then transfer back into sauce pan.
Finally add the cheddar cheese and pepper powder. Bring into a gentle boil and switch off the flame.

Tasty and flavorful Broccoli Cheddar soup is ready to serve. For more soup recipes, check out my soup collections
 Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Notes:
  • Add more or less of liquid as per your liking.
  • For more creamy texture, reduce the milk quantity and add a little bit of cream.
  • This soup thickens as it cooled down.
  • Instead of soup, you can use water also.
  • Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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