Yesterday I created my very own batch of broccoli cheddar soup. Although I am a big fan of the soup I had never previously made it before. I often order it when I go out to eat at Panera and I was curious as to how to make it myself. By making it I can both save some money and eat a delicious meal.
I didn’t really know where to start as I don’t make soup very often. Obviously we would need broccoli and cheddar cheese and also some sort of creamy base. I decided to go online and look through a few recipes to see what I could find. I came across a recipe on gimmesomeoven.com for Broccoli Cheese Soup.
I will now let you know how I created the dish with a sequence of my own pictures below:
First start by cutting up all the veggies into a small dice. Put the carrots and onions in a pan with a little bit of butter and cook until the onions are translucent. Once combined add in the garlic and cook for another minute.
Next, add the flour to the veggies an mix until they are all
coated. Wait for the flour to become slightly golden and then add in the stock (I used chicken). Once the stock is combined add the milk. Now add the broccoli, stir, and then wait about 10 minutes for the broccoli to partially cook.
Once the soup is almost complete, add in the cheese, stir, and let it simmer for a few more minutes. Taste it and then season to your desired flavour.
When tasting the soup I found it to be quite rich and creamy. The cheese and 1% milk that I used definitely were the contributors of that. The salt and cheese gave the soup a subtly salty flavour and the onions and carrots added a slight sweetness to it. I found that the soup was quite savoury but was not sour at all. The only factor that made it slightly bitter was the broccoli.
I had one of my roommates try my soup and they mainly gave it all positive feedback. They appreciated the creaminess and the overall flavour but suggested that perhaps instead of having only whole pieces of broccoli that perhaps I could blend a portion of it. They also suggested that I should make it a bit spicier.
I think that overall the soup was quite a success and not even that challenging. It was different than what I am used to cooking as I don’t often make soup. However, the recipe was quite easy to follow and also took me under half an hour to complete. I think I would definitely make the soup again I may follow some of my roommates advice and maybe add in a chilli and blend it.
I learned that it can be quite easy to create dishes at home that I usually consume at restaurants. I now know that it is actually a lot cheaper and healthier to make this dish at home. I’ve realized that it is great to try new recipes and that it’s easy to put your own spin on it; Don’t be afraid to try new recipes!