Cheddar Broccoli Potato Soup

Introduction:
Elevate your comfort food game with this hearty and creamy Cheddar Broccoli Potato Soup. A symphony of flavors and textures, this soup is a comforting blend of wholesome vegetables, rich cheeses, and velvety broth. Perfect for a cozy night in or to impress guests, this recipe is a delicious twist on the classic potato soup that will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped carrots (about 3)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 small)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 1/2 cups peeled and cubed russet potatoes, cut 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick (2 large)
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli florets (from about 2 heads)
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk (preferably 1% or 2%)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (1 oz)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt 1 1/2 Tbsp of the butter. Add carrots, celery, and onion, and sauté for 3 – 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for an additional 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in chicken broth, potatoes, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium, cover with a lid, and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in broccoli and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until veggies are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 4 Tbsp butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook, whisking constantly for 1 minute. While whisking vigorously, slowly pour in milk (whisk well until no lumps remain).
  4. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to gently boil and thicken. Stir in heavy cream. Remove from heat and once all veggies are tender, pour into the soup and stir.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar and parmesan cheese until melted. Serve warm.
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Tips:

  • Customize the soup by adding cooked, crumbled bacon or diced ham for an extra flavor boost.
  • For a lighter version, use low-fat cheese and milk alternatives.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped herbs, such as chives or parsley, for a burst of color and freshness.

Conclusion:
Indulge in the ultimate comfort with this Cheddar Broccoli Potato Soup. Creamy, cheesy, and packed with wholesome vegetables, each spoonful is a delight for the taste buds. Whether you’re enjoying a bowl on a chilly evening or serving it at a gathering, this recipe is a surefire way to warm hearts and satisfy cravings.

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