Broccoli Cheese Soup

I know it doesn’t look like it much, but I really do try to cook and eat healthily! Lately though, I’ve just been feeling a little indulgent. I’ve had too many sweets, way too much cheese, carb overloads. Ahh, well…. I guess after the new year I may get back to being good. But for my last recipe of 2010 lets make it a great one! A delicious creamy, cheesy soup! My favorite soup, actually.

  • 1 bag frozen broccoli or 1 lg head of broccoli cut
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 2c water or veg broth
  • 2Tbs butter
  • 5 shallots or 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 TBS dijon or whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp hot sauce or chili paste
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1c  shredded cheese (this time I used sharp cheddar, gruyere, and raclette- a french cheese I had never seen before, so I had to buy it! I recommend to include sharp cheddar – you can also use only cheddar and not a blend)
  • dash of seasoned rice vinegar (optional)

Cook the broccoli and grated carrot in the water or veg broth. I just this year discovered Imagine “no chicken” vegetable broth and I think its really good. Before that I would use water, and sometimes to flavor the water more, boil along onions and garlic and some dried herbs, its your choice. Cool and blend together lightly, but not too much. I like to still have some cute little flowerettes in the soup.

Heat butter and sautee the garlic and onion till translucent. Sprinkle flour over it, while stirring, trying not to form lumps. You may need to use a whisk. Let the flour cook for a few minutes while stirring, so it does not taste raw. Stir in the milk slowly, while stirring constantly. Then add the broccoli. Bring to a simmer and add the mustard, turmeric, chili powder, hot sauce/chili paste, pepper, salt, pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.  Once it thickens (you may need to add extra milk or broth if its too thick) turn off the heat and stir in the cheese until fully melted. Lastly add a dash of rice vinegar to perk it up (optional).  Measurements are approximate, because I didn’t really measure and you may like more or less. Its nice with a garnish of shredded cheddar or chopped spring onions and a couple slices of crusty bread (italian or sourdough for example).

Enjoy! I made this a week ago, and wish I had a bowl of it right now!

Sending this to “Only Greens” event  by Sara and Pari

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Comments on: "Broccoli Cheese Soup" (14)

  1. humanitarikim said:

    I’m always searching for tasty and easy vegetarian dishes. This looks great! thanks!

    http://humanitarikim.wordpress.com/

  2. Looks delicious soup, awesome combo.

  3. Wow this soup looks yum.I would love to try this with cauliflower coz I dont like broccoli.
    Happy New Year !

  4. This looks delicious! 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Happy New Year to you too!

  5. this is a good one !

  6. Oh my, this is a delightful soup…I already love anything brovvoli/cheese, but then there is an addition of mustard and those spices. I really am impressed by this dish.
    Lovely and Happy New Year!

  7. Hello Honeybee 🙂 Sorry it has taken me so long to get here..busy busy.. So nice to see you have a Jack Fruit from South India. Love your blog, I tried to subscribe via email but am getting an error message..any advice?

  8. I was able to subscribe through the comment section 🙂

  9. This soup looks so gorgeous I want to make it now! I don’t even like brocolli, thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Oh my, you have made my favorite. No longer will I have to go to the store and buy it. I will be trying this recipe. And I am going to sit on a cold day and eat it. Ahhh I LOVE this soup.

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