I’m here to share with you my delicious recipe for Broccoli Cheddar soup that tastes exactly like the one from Panera Bread! Its SUPER EASY and only takes about 30 – 45 minutes. Also, the ingredient amounts can be adjusted to whatever amount you want to make.
2 – 3 bunches of organic broccoli
3 large organic carrots
1 large onion
5 – 6 cloves of garlic
1 cup organic half and half (or almond milk)
8oz block of cheddar cheese
3 – 6 tablespoons organic salted butter
3 – 6 tablespoons organic wheat flour (or any substitute)
Spices: onion powder, garlic powder, kosher sea salt, black pepper
First, chop up your veggies. I am picky, so I leave the onion and garlic cloves whole, and then I fish them out at the end. If you prefer, you can dice them up. Dump it all in to a large pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the veggies (about 2 -3 cups). Sometimes I find myself adding extra water throughout because some of it evaporates. Let the veggies boil for about 15 or 20 minutes until they are as tender as you prefer.
Once the veggies are nice and tender, start up your roux in a separate pot (about medium sized). Now, the amount of butter and flour you add is up to you depending on how thick you want your soup to be. I like mine to be thick so I use 6 tablespoons of butter and 6 tablespoons of flour. Which ever amount you choose, just make sure the butter and flour are equal parts. Melt the butter on medium heat and when it is completely melted, whisk in the flour slowly.
Next pour the roux into the large pot of veggies and stir. You can keep the burner on medium heat. If its too high the soup will start to burn on the bottom.
Let this slowly bubble as you cut up the cheese in to small cubes (or you can use a cheese grater, but thats too much work for me). Before I add the cheese, I make sure to take out the onion and garlic cloves. Now add the cheese cubes and stir often to allow them to melt fully. If you want, you can add other types of cheese for variety. The final step is to add the spices. You can choose how much you add, just be sure you are doing taste tests.
Finally you’re done. Enjoy! Save the rest in a large bowl or tupperware container and keep in the fridge. It generally lasts up to one week!
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