Not your regular Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli maybe one of the most detested vegetables..universally. It is so not the case in our house, I buy broccoli, almost every time I go grocery shopping and my toddler son just loves it. Serve it steamed, roasted, in a sandwich or in a soup – it is always a sure hit. Come fall season, we automatically reach for warm, comforting foods – and there is no better dish to fit this bill than a soup. This soup is particularly filling and also healthy from the addition of white cannelini beans. Even if you don’t like broccoli, try it in this creamy soup, and you will really like it. 🙂

Ingredients:
1 large head of broccoli, chopped(approximately 3-4 cups chopped broccoli)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 cups milk
2 cups chicken/vegetable broth
2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 can cannelini beans/white navy beans
extra cheese, for garnish.

Method:
Heat the oil and butter in a stock pot over medium heat. Add the onion and the garlic and cook until soft and translucent. Add the chopped broccoli and the broth. Let cook until the broccoli florets are tender. Open the canned cannelini beans and rinse thoroughly. Add this to the broth and simmer for another couple of minutes. Puree the entire mixture either by transferring to a blender or using an immersion blender. Return the puree to the pan again, add the milk and the cheddar cheese and let simmer until the cheese melts. Serve hot, with a garnish of grated cheese!

Notes:
* You can add grated carrots along with the cheddar. It adds taste and also adds an extra orangey look to the soup.
* You may use a package of frozen chopped broccoli, instead of fresh, it doesn’t make a difference in the taste of the soup.
* For a richer soup, add half and half or cream to the soup instead of the milk

Verdict: This was the perfect soup for the weather we are having right now. Smooth and creamy, gooey and cheesey, rich and comforting! Not to mention that it is protein rich from the beans, calcium rich from the cheese and milk and vitamin rich from the broccoli itself. It was quite filling, with a side of bread and some fruit, made for a nice weekday dinner. YUMMY..

 

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