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Smokin’ Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

AB here from Smokin’ and Grillin wit AB, and today we’re diving into the ultimate comfort dish – my Smokin’ Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Picture this: a rich and creamy blend of broccoli florets, velvety cheddar cheese, and a dash of smoky goodness that’ll warm your soul with every spoonful. If you’re a fan of hearty soups that pack a flavor punch, you’re in for a treat.

Now, let me tell you why this Broccoli Cheddar Soup deserves a spot in your kitchen. It’s not just a soup; it’s a bowl of comfort, a culinary hug that’ll transport you to flavor town. Imagine the smokiness infusing the creamy base, complementing the natural earthiness of broccoli. This isn’t your average broccoli soup; it’s a flavor explosion that’ll make your taste buds dance. Plus, it’s a breeze to whip up, making it perfect for cozy nights in or family gatherings. Trust me; you want this in your recipe arsenal.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups milk (whole or 2% recommended)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (for added warmth)

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Sauté Aromatics:
    • Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, sauté until softened and fragrant.
  2. Make Roux:
    • Sprinkle flour over the aromatics and stir continuously to create a roux. Cook for 2-3 minutes to remove the raw taste.
  3. Add Broth:
    • Gradually whisk in the chicken or vegetable broth, ensuring a smooth mixture. Bring to a simmer, stirring until thickened.
  4. Add Vegetables:
    • Incorporate broccoli and carrots into the pot. Simmer for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Blend Soup (Optional):
    • Use an immersion blender to partially blend the soup for a smoother consistency, leaving some chunks for texture.
  6. Add Milk:
    • Pour in the milk, simmer for an additional 5 minutes, and adjust heat to low.
  7. Stir in Cheese:
    • Gradually add shredded cheddar cheese, stirring until fully melted. Season with salt, pepper, and optional nutmeg.
  8. Serve:
    • Ladle into bowls, garnish with additional cheese if desired. Serve hot and savor the smoky richness!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Cheese Choice: Opt for high-quality sharp cheddar for an intense flavor kick.
  • Smokin’ Tip: Add a pinch of smoked paprika for an extra layer of smokiness.
  • Texture Twist: Leave some broccoli florets whole for a satisfying texture.

Variations:

  1. Bacon Bliss: Top with crispy bacon bits for a savory twist.
  2. Spicy Kick: Add a dash of cayenne pepper for a spicy upgrade.
  3. Potato Power: Toss in diced potatoes for a heartier version.
  4. Broccoli and Cauliflower Duo: Mix in cauliflower for a dynamic veggie blend.
  5. Turmeric Touch: Enhance color and health benefits with a pinch of turmeric.
  6. Herb Infusion: Stir in fresh thyme or rosemary for an herbal infusion.
  7. Loaded Ladle: Garnish with sour cream, chives, and extra cheese.
  8. Sausage Supreme: Introduce smoked sausage slices for a meaty option.
  9. Curry Creation: Infuse with curry powder for a twist.
  10. Pumpkin Perfection: Add a hint of pumpkin puree for autumnal vibes.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Garlic Breadsticks
  2. Crusty Artisan Bread
  3. Parmesan Herb Crackers
  4. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  5. Caesar Salad
  6. Cheese and Charcuterie Board
  7. Buttermilk Biscuits
  8. Toasted Baguette Slices
  9. Rosemary Focaccia
  10. Pretzel Bites

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