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Easy Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Easy creamy broccoli cheddar soup is loaded with sharp cheddar cheese and tender bite-size broccoli floating in a velvety cream broth. It's gluten-free, and ready in just 20 minutes.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword 20 minute recipe, broccoli cheddar soup, easy soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 286kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup of onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 cups of broccoli cut into bite-size florets
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 8 ounces of aged sharp cheddar cheese grated

Instructions

  • Heat butter in a 3-quart heavy bottom pot. Add onions and garlic and saute about 5 minutes. Then add you chicken broth and stir.
  • Next add broccoli, cream, milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Bring up to a boil and then simmer for about five minutes until the broccoli is tender.
  • Finally, stir in your cheese until it melts.
  • Serve warm garnished with some extra cheese.

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Notes

  • I recommend aged cheddar cheese that you grate yourself. Just give it a quick spin in the food processor. Zip, zip and it's done. The pre-grated type that comes in a zip lock bag contains preservatives meant to keep the shreds from clumping together in the bag. It doesn't melt quite as well. 
  • I love the delicate flavor of this soup. There are a few add-ins you could go with. Cinnamon would be very nice with this soup. If you like some spiciness, a pinch of cayenne pepper will do the trick. Or you could add chopped bacon, bite-size cooked chicken or turkey, or cooked, diced potatoes (if you're not low carb). It's up to you.
  • Have a cup on its own or pair it with this these amazing slow cooker pork chops, mouthwatering chicken and peppers, crispy salmon cakes, or perfect pan-seared steaks.
  • To save leftover soup, let it cool and store it in an airtight jar. It will keep for three days in the fridge.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g