Broccoli Cheese Soup

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 heads broccoli, cut into 1-inch florets
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 3 cups grated cheese (mild Cheddar, sharp Cheddar, Jack, etc.), plus more for garnish, optional
  • 1 cup chicken broth, optional
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Remove 2 cups of the broccoli florets, cut in half, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet cut-side down and bake until the florets begin to crisp and turn slightly brown, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle the flour on top. Stir to combine and cook until the flour is absorbed and smells lightly toasted, 1 minute or so. Add the milk and half-and half. Add the nutmeg, then the broccoli, a small dash of salt and plenty of black pepper. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the broccoli is tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in the cheese and allow to melt.

Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve the soup as is, mash with a potato masher to break up the broccoli a bit, or transfer to a blender in two batches and puree completely. (If you puree in a blender, return the soup to the heat to heat back up. Splash in some chicken broth if needed for thinning.) Garnish with the toasted broccoli or grated cheese and serve.

From Food Network Kitchens; after further testing and to ensure the best results this recipe has been altered from what was in the actual episode.

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; this will prevent the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters and pulse until smooth.


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My favorite soup. I use soy milk instead of whole milk, that is so healthy and good for beauty. Japanese style! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quite delicious though next time will reduce broth to make thicker soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used combo of leeks and onion for a more subtle flavor. Also used organic chicken stock/2% milk, with the 1/2-1/2 as it was quite rich and heavy. we like a lighter soup. Also added more nutmeg and hot pepper flakes. Gave it a bit of a bite.............served it with a great cornmeal muffin. It was all we needed for a snowy night. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! Used one percent milk with the half & half. Followed her recipe on the video, by adding 2 cups diced ham. Although I baked the brocolli florets. Served it inside bread soup bowls. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was good but it wasn't anything special. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great soup, but I did feel compelled to add one tablespoon of Better Than Bullion (for a little more flavor) with a cup of water, to initially simmer the broccoli, then added the milk (less one cup) and half n half. . I used both Monterrey Jack and sharp Cheddar cheese and a big dash of Mrs. Dash lemon pepper. I also like the roasted portion of the broccoli - YUM! So good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have all the right ingredients so I improvised. I added potatoes, just cooked 'em with the broccoli in the soup. Only had two cups of whole milk and no half and half. I used 2% milk, I did add 1 /2 cups of chicken broth. The soup is delicious.Probably better with the half and half, but hey, do what you gotta do. AWESOME! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is awesome ! Left it the way it was and truly couldn't get better. Will be making again and again :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe! Taste better than Panera's. Don't know how you could screw it up! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best soup!! My family loves it. It is going to be a permanent addition to my recipe box. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This i will try. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published

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