Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 head broccoli, florets and tender stems chopped
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
Directions

Cook the bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels with a slotted spoon; set aside to drain.

Add the scallions and celery to the drippings in the pot and cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until incorporated. Add the broccoli, chicken broth, 3 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the edamame, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth; return to the pot. Stir in the half-and-half and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese and continue to cook, stirring, until the soup thickens, about 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls and top with the bacon.

Photograph by Johnny Miller

When blending hot liquids, first let cool for 5 minutes or so, then transfer to a blender, filling only halfway. Put the lid on, leaving one corner open; Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters and pulse until smooth.


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