Winter is… yucky! I’m so not a winter person… plain and simple! I love warm, sunny days and enjoy leaving my windows open even if it is a little cool outside. I love hearing the birds, cycling, playing golf and barbecuing outside. I enjoy wearing my open-toed sandals…!
Winter time, I act like a bear and also feel like one. I retreat to my cave and hibernate until it starts getting warmer. I remember as a kid, my parents were forcing me to go outside during the winter months. They even enrolled me for figure skating, hoping I would somehow be more enthusiastic about that season. Although I was pretty good at it, I couldn’t stand being cold.
One dish that warms my soul and spirit during this time of year is soup. It’s comforting! It makes you feel good inside. I have tons of soup recipes around because I desperately need them to get through the winter. Fortunately, winter here on the West coast is not as harsh as it is either in Toronto or Québec so I won’t go on with my wining… I do feel sorry for my friends and family back East though.
This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is simple to make and the results are amazing. It is just thick enough with the right amount of cheese. Give it a try, you’ll be pleased!
- 2 cups fresh broccoli, cut into small florets
- 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock (substitute low-sodium chicken broth)
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 large white onion (about 1 1/2 cups), chopped
- 1 large stalk celery, finely chopped
- 1 cup carrot, finely chopped
- 1 large clove garlic, pressed
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups cold half-and-half
- 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese *SEE FOOTNOTE #1
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste (I always use mixed peppercorns)
- 1/8 rounded tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1/4 cup milk, if necessary *SEE FOOTNOTE #2
FOOTNOTE #1: Please don't buy the pre-packaged shredded cheese because the food manufacturers add cellulose (derived from wood pulp) which help the shredded cheese from sticking together. Those pre-packaged shredded cheeses also don't melt nicely so the end result will definitely not be as successful!
FOOTNOTE #2: In the video I don't show the added 1/4 cup of milk nor did I mentioned it. The only time you might use milk in this recipe is when your soup is way too thick therefore this extra liquid will help to thin it out a little.
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