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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Year of Soup Recipe Challenge Week 10- Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

I have a special treat for you today in Mimi's Kitchen! For the Year of Soup Challenge Week 10 post, my friend Catherine from Half Hour Meals has graciously agreed to do a guest post! I am really excited about this because Catherine's recipes are awesome...everything of hers that I have ever made has been easy and delicious (check out my review of one of her recipes here).

So, grab another cup of coffee and pull up a chair while Catherine shares her recipe for Broccoli and Cheddar Soup with us. Please be sure to visit her wonderful blog, Living the Gourmet, and then try this soup won't be disappointed!

On a cold January day I found myself sitting by the window looking out into a vast winter wonderland. I had a nice hot cup of coffee in one hand and an Eating Well Magazine in the other.

As I turned each page, a new and interesting recipe greeted me one after another. But my body yearned for something different from chicken or pasta- I needed something warm and comforting and only one dish would satisfy such a craving- soup!

I found this recipe that day and simply fell in love with it! Creamy, delicious and truly gratifying! After I read the recipe, I nearly jumped up from my seat and prepared all that was necessary.

Inka, my poodle and my sous-chef, watched as I excitedly prepared my soup. As I tasted this delicious bowl, all I could think of was Louis P. De Gouy, author of The Soup Book, who said, “Soup is cuisine's kindest course. It breathes reassurance; it steams consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability, as the five o'clock cup of tea or the cocktail hour.”

Ah success! Warmth from the cold winter weather all in a bowl of comfort food- nothing can compare to a scrumptious bowl of steaming hot broccoli cheddar soup!
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Adapted from Cabot Cheese – Eating Well Magazine

2 tablespoons sweet butter
4 potatoes – cooked & diced with skin
1 onion – diced
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups milk
3 cups broccoli – cooked & chopped
8 ounces sharp or extra sharp cheddar – grated
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Ground black pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add potatoes and onion and cook, stirring, until onion in tender, about 5 minutes.

Add flour and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes longer.

Gradually stir in chicken broth and milk. Bring to low simmer. Add broccoli and simmer on low another 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Add Lemon juice and black pepper.

This soup is satisfying and tastes so rich and delicious!

Enjoy with love,
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Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely broccoli and cheddar soup!Catherine certainly knows how to cook - adapted or not. :-)
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The Chef In My Head said...

This broccoli and cheddar soup appeared 1 day too late :( I made it last night, Catherine's would have been MUCH better.

Next week my husband I are meeting my sister and her family from Summerfield and going to Topsail for the week. NC is such a pretty state! ~LeslieMichele

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What a warming and delicious bowl of soup! I never saw potatoes in a broccoli cheese soup - very unique and it adds a heartiness to it that I love.

Gulmohar said...

That's nice post Catherine.
Glad to find your space Penny :-)

Angie's Recipes said...

Broccoli soup with cheddar sounds wonderful to welcome this belated spring!

Pete said...

Delicious, a nice soup of broccoli!

redkathy said...

This is a great soup. Catherine really knows her stuff.The lemon juice is signature Catherine, nice touch too!

Sarah Naveen said...

Soup looks so yummy!!

Tv Food and Drink said...

Now, I am not a soup person by nature, though I am being slowly won over when I see recipes like this. I almost want winter to be here again in L.A. so I can warm my bones with this soup! And slowly bringing food together in a saucepan of melted butter I enjoy like a ride at Disneyland!

alwayswinner786 said...

I love to try different soups. This one look smooth, delicious and yummy!

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