Soup Week: Broccoli and Cheese Soup

For the second day of soup week here at The Secret Ingredient, I chose a recipe featuring one of my favorite ingredients of all time: Cheese. Often during winter when I leave the office to buy lunch, I come back with a big cup of broccoli cheddar soup from the nearby Au Bon Pain. But after making Emeril’s version from his cookbook Emeril 20-40-60, I realized I can easily make a much healthier version at home for the same price, and it will last me all week! And yes, you will want to eat this all week!

Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Makes 1½ quarts, 4 to 6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 11⁄2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 1 tablespoon sliced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock or canned,
  • low- sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 11⁄2 cups (6 ounces) shredded
  • medium sharp cheddar cheese
  • Simple Croutons (page 136), for
  • garnish (optional)

1. Heat the olive oil in a 6- quart stockpot over medium heat. When it is hot, add the onions, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper. Sauté until the onions are soft and translucent, 4 to 5 minutes.

 2. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once the stock is boiling, add the broccoli and cook until fork- tender, about 5 minutes.

 3. Remove the soup from the heat and let it cool slightly. Then puree the soup, in batches, in a blender, adding the cheese in three additions while blending (see Note). Adjust the seasoning if necessary, garnish with croutons if desired, and serve hot.

Note: Please use caution when blending hot liquids; blend only small amounts at a time, with the blendertightly covered and a kitchen towel held over the top.

4 Responses to “Soup Week: Broccoli and Cheese Soup”
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  2. Jean Kelsey says:

    This makes me happy!! I’ve been looking for a good broccoli & cheese recipe. This one looks fairly straight forward and easy to prepare! Thanks for sharing this one.

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