This broccoli Cheddar soup is super delicious, has a silky texture that hits the spot on any day. Use extra-sharp cheddar for best flavor!
8 cups broccoli, chopped – be sure to trim and pare the woody ends of the stalks
1 medium onion, sliced
2 large stalks celery, sliced
5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon coarse salt
6 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
several dashes of hot sauce, such as Franks or Tabasco
Small broccoli florets, steamed, optional
Place broccoli, onion, celery, garlic, salt and stock/water in a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a gentle boil and cook for 40 minutes or until the broccoli is very soft, timing varies depending on the size of the pieces.
Purée the soups in batches in a blender or food processor or in the saucepan with an immersion blender until smooth. Do this in batches and fill the container halfway with a mix of solids and liquid.
Pour the puéed soup into another pourable container and wipe out the saucepan.
Melt the butter in the saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and whisk until smooth.
Slowly pour in the warm soup, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook another 2-3 minutes to eliminate the raw flour taste.
Add the cheese and stir until completely melted.
Shake in the hot sauce to taste; this gives the soup a boost, it doesn’t necessarily need to be spicy hot, but the sauce gives the soup piquancy.
Soup freezes well.
Keywords: thickened soup, soup, broccoli soup, cheddar soup, vegetarian soup,