Spring colds, cranky children and broken ovens. Sometimes, you just need to sit back and enjoy your favorite comfort food whether it’s the chicken pot pie from Costco, or a bowl of homemade broccoli cheddar soup (with some savory waffles that you toasted from the freezer). That’s what today was. In a mess of unshowered everyone, piles of laundry and a spring cold that just won’t quit, we needed some comfort food.
Today, that comfort came in the form of broccoli cheddar soup that let me have five minutes of delicious, ignoring the screaming kid and resting for a few minutes to care for me, and kick this cold out of my system with something delicious.
Delicious Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 small onion
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 900ml chicken broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
- 1 large carrot
- 1 head of broccoli, florets and stems
- 2 1/2 cups grated cheese
Dice the celery, carrot and onions and combine with 4 tablespoons of butter in a deep pan. Cook for five minutes, and add the flour, mix until golden brown.
Alternate adding the cream and the chicken broth, ensuring to mix well. At this point, the soup will start to thicken. Add the 2 bay leaves and let the soup simmer for ten minutes.
Add chopped broccoli, let simmer for another ten to twenty minutes, cooking the broccoli in the soup. A lot of people add the florets only to the soup, but I add the stalks so we’re wasting as little as possible.
After the broccoli softens, use an immersion blender to blend the soup.
Add cheese, and fold into the soup.
Serve, or freeze, for the next time that you need a little comfort.
Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup Kid Friendly
My kids love broccoli. It’s the first vegetable they will request when we’re making dinner (and often with sriracha) but they don’t love soup. To make this easy meal kid friendly (meaning that I don’t have to make something else or deal with starving kids) I like to mix the broccoli soup with rice in a 1:1 ratio. It’s not soup, and it’s something they will eat and enjoy the flavour of.