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Recipe

Broccoli And Cheese Soup

This classic combination of flavors lends itself well to this simple, creamy soup. By cooking the broccoli just right, the soup retains a vibrant bright green color. Serve this as a starter to any meal or with a sandwich or salad for a complete meal. So good for you, too.

  • Yield: 1 1/2 quarts, 4 to 6 servings
Broccoli And Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 1 tablespoon sliced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock or canned, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded medium sharp cheddar cheese
  • Simple Croutons, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total: 35 minutes
  • Heat the olive oil in a 6-quart stockpot over medium heat. When it is hot, add the onions, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper. Sauté until the onions are soft and translucent, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once the stock is boiling, add the broccoli and cook until fork-tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the soup from the heat and let it cool slightly. Then puree the soup, in batches, in a blender, adding the cheese in three additions while blending (see Note). Adjust the seasoning if necessary, garnish with croutons if desired, and serve hot.
  • Note: Please use caution when blending hot liquids; blend only small amounts at a time, with the blender tightly covered and a kitchen towel held over the top.