So full of flavors and warming the heart, exactly what i needed today! The weather is going crazy here (doha), calling for a hearty soup to tame the cold!
It’s an absolutely perfect comfort food, if you like soup, you’ll be rewarded with the best, creamiest and richest one.
-“What’s that amazing smell?”. It’s broccoli and cheddar cheese hun.
It’s an easy soup to make and is ready in half an hour. To serve 4 generous portions you will need:
- 50g butter
- 1 medium onion finely diced 0r 1/2 cup
- 1 large carrot chopped (small pieces) or 2/3 cup
- 1 tsp garlic salt\ powder
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 liter or 2 cups milk
- 1 medium head of broccoli florets chopped
- 225g or 1 cup of freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
- salt and black pepper to taste
Heat the butter until melted. Add onion and carrots and saute until onion is translucent and fragrant (about 3-4 minutes). Stir in the garlic salt and flour and saute for another minute. Whisk in the vegetable broth, (you can use chicken broth also but i liked to keep it vegetarian) and milk. Combine well before adding the broccoli florets. Don’t cut them too small, keep some as medium chunks. When the soup reaches a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until broccoli is cooked. Use salt responsibly as the stock and the cheese will do the job. Stir in the freshly grated cheddar, i said freshly grated because the ready grated ones that comes in bags are coated and doesn’t melt easily. Whisk until cheese is completely melt (2-3 minutes) and serve immediately.
Even people who don’t like broccoli will love it when bathing in a creamy and cheesy broth. It doesn’t just warm your body but your soul too!
There’s a few optional spices, that makes it not taste boring, like paprika or mustard powder, they’re not mandatory if you don’t keep them on hand, but they do add extra depth of flavor. I wanted to serve my children so i kept it mild.