For Oven's Sake!

Let's get cookin' …with kids!

Burrrroccoli Cheese Soup

on January 28, 2014

Click here to print: Burrrroccoli Cheese Soup

Very thick, very cheesy, just the way I like my broccoli cheese soup!

Very thick, very cheesy, just the way I like my broccoli cheese soup!

I didn’t plan on making this today.  I’m not even sure why I thought to make it.  All I remember is waking up from a nap (double nap day, whaaaaa, what?!?!) and thinking, “I have broccoli and I have cheese.  I wonder if I have everything else I need to make it.”

I’m attributing this lack of memory about how it came about today to the severe cold, or maybe it’s because I’ve had 3 snow days out of the last 3 school days.  Tomorrow makes 4!  That’s an unexpected 6 days in a row off work… and home with the kiddos… and unable/unwilling to go anywhere…

Is lack of memory a symptom of cabin fever?

Just kidding… I am the kind of person who would happily stay home for weeks on end.  I mean, it would be nice to go outside. And when I say go outside, I mean go play in the back yard or for a walk in my own neighborhood.

I’m a homebody for sure! Cabin fever has never been a concern for me.

Now, visitors during these long stays at home… they are almost always welcome.  Especially when the visitor is someone like GranDan who loves spending time with my little guys as much as I do.

GranDan helping Danny "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" in his boxing gloves... er... baby mittens.

GranDan helping Danny “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” in his boxing gloves… er… baby mittens.

Anyway, back to the soup…

If you're unaware, this is an immersion blender.  If you make a lot of soup, it's a must have!

If you’re unaware, this is an immersion blender. If you make a lot of soup, it’s a must have!

You can make this soup without an immersion blender. You just might want to cut the broccoli smaller.

However, you can make this soup without an immersion blender. You just might want to cut the broccoli into smaller pieces at the start.

Ingredients:

  • ½ stick melted butter
  • ¼ c flour
  • 2 c half and half
  • 2 c chicken stock
  • 2 small heads of broccoli
  • 2 medium carrots
  • ¼ t onion powder
  • healthy pinch of salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3+ c grated cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  1. In a large soup pot, melt butter and add flour.  Whisk together and cook a minute or two.
  2. Slowly add half and half, whisking constantly.  Allow it to heat through.
  3. Add chicken stock slowly, again whisking constantly.
  4. Simmer about 10 minutes, stirring every now and then.
  5. In the meantime, wash and peel the carrots.  Then, either grate or dice them.
  6. Wash the broccoli and cut the florets off the stems.
  7. Add carrots to the pot, and then cut the broccoli into smaller pieces over the pot.  (You could do this on a cutting board, but you’ll likely get tiny broccoli bits everywhere.)
  8. Add onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  9. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes or so until veggies are tender.
  10. Use an immersion blender to smooth out the soup. – No biggie if you don’t have one, it will just be a chunkier soup.
  11. Over low heat, add cheese and stir until melted in.
  12. Garnish with more cheese if desired.

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • Have him measure out ingredients – the half and half, chicken stock, and cheese into a measuring cup. Talk about how much of each you need and what the different markings on the measuring cup mean.
  • He can help peel and grate the carrots.  Just be sure to talk to him about keeping his hands away from certain parts and take over when the carrot piece gets too small for him to handle near the grater.

 

 

Advertisements

One response to “Burrrroccoli Cheese Soup

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: