Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Chicago’s mood swings have been really hard on me. One day it’s in the 50s and the next it’s freezing! Chicago why you gotta play me like that?! I needed comfort food in order to deal with our city’s bipolarness. So I decided to make panera inspired broccoli cheddar soup!

As always I never share the exact amount. Ya’ll need to taste and tweak!

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots- julienne
  • Onion- diced
  • half n half
  • Chicken broth or Vegetable broth (I used chicken)
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Spices (I used salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cajun spice, hot sauce, a pinch of cumin, a pinch of nutmeg. Be very careful when adding spices.. taste and tweak)

Directions:

In a soup pot, or a sauce pan (don’t needa get fancy; make do of what you have) add in the unsalted butter. Once it’s melted, add the diced onions and saute them until translucent. Next, add a little bit of all purpose flour and whisk. Whisk fast. Don’t add too much flour. You can always add but not subtract. After a good whisk, add the broccoli and mix. mix. mixy mix. Add in your spices and mix. Add carrots and mix again.

After a good 3-5 minutes, when the broccoli and carrots are coated with the spices add the half n half. More whisky whisk. Whisk. Wait. Whisk. Wait. Add the chicken broth (I used salted chicken broth so I didn’t need to add too much salt). You’ll need to do a tasty taste and add more spices to your liking. Cover the pan with a lid and let the soup simmer while constantly stirring. After 10-15 minutes, use a hand blender to further chop the broccoli and carrots (If you like big chunks or don’t own a hand blender, you can skip this step tbh). Let the soup cook for a few more minutes, approx 5 more minutes, or until when you think it is time to add the cheddar cheese. Add the cheese, mix, mix, and mix!

This is an important step.. Pour it in a bowl or cup, garnish it with broccoli/carrots, take a snap and send it to me on funsizedsuburbanfoodie on instagram! I will give you a shout out 🙂  Then you can serve it with some french bread or whatever you like. Enjoy!

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