Cheesy broccoli soup is my oldest daughters favorite soup. I have been making it for years. My recipe is a combo of my moms and my friend Shelly’s. I don’t have it written down it’s just up there in my noggin. This soup is rich, thick, and extremely cheesy! The last few times I made it I attempted to slim it down. It was not a hit. Everyone wants the full fat version, so thick and cheesy it’s almost like a dip! I conceded and whipped up a pot of the “real” cheesy broccoli soup. (Thats what my Sissa asked for, “Mom could you make the real cheesy broccoli soup please?”.)
I knew when I saw this cheese while in Ohio that I needed to buy it, for many reasons, but cheesy broccoli soup came to mind! If you can’t find this cheese or one similar, smoked Gouda is what I usually use, it’s perfect for adding that smoky flavor.
Any beer will also do, but Ale adds a nutty flavor that pairs with the white cheddar perfectly….so if you can get your hands on an Ale I advise using it, if not PBR works too!
OK we have our smoky, our nutty, our cheesy now we need our broccolEEE-ee! Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, toss in your clean broccoli florets into boiling water, let boil for 2 minutes, drain into a colander, and run under freezing cold water for a minute to stop the cooking process. You an also remove the broccoli to a bowl of ice water, but I usually do it the aforementioned way. Once your broccoli is cooled, chop into small pieces. My kids don’t like big chunks in there broccoli soup so I chop mine pretty fine.
Do you have a soup recipe your family begs for?
Smoky Beer Cheese & Broccoli Soup
5 tablespoons Butter
1 cup finely chopped Onion
1 clove Garlic, finely minced
1/3 cup Flour
5 cups Whole Milk
2 cups shredded Smoked Gouda or a Monterey Jack with Bacon
3 cups shredded Sharp White Cheddar
1/2 teaspoon Mustard Powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground Pepper
salt to taste
1 12 ounce Beer (preferably Ale)
4 cups blanched Broccoli, cut into small pieces (approximately 2 large heads of broccoli)
1. Blanch broccoli, cut into small pieces and set aside.
2. In a 6 quart pan saute the onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon butter until translucent. Remove onions and garlic to a bowl.
3. Add remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the pan and melt. Add flour and whisk until bubbles and begins to turn a caramel color. Gradually pour in milk while continuing to whisk. Stir until sauce becomes a nice thick soup consistency. If it gets too thick add a little more milk.
4. Add saute’d onions and garlic to white sauce along with cheeses, mustard powder, pepper and salt to taste. Whisk until smooth. Cook for 2 minutes stirring continually.
5. Slowly pour in beer so that it doesn’t foam up. Bring to a slow bowl, then turn down to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add in broccoli. Continue to cook on low another 10 minutes.
Serve with a crusty loaf and a sprinkle of bacon and cheese if you wish!
There you have it!! Dunk a hunk of Italian break into the edge and cuddle up with a warm bowl of of Smoky Cheese Broccoli Soup! The perfect winter meal.
What season do you most often make soup in? Winter? Spring? Summer? or Fall?
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