Yes, it was in March of last year that I started this blog. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been an entire year already!
Having a food blog has certainly made a more skillful and adventures cook out of me, and my blog-writing has matured too, since my first few entries. It’s been a pleasure sharing my experiences with you, my fellow bloggers, and a pleasure to learn about yours as well. Thank you everyone for reading. Hopefully another great year of food-blogging lies ahead!
Now on to the good stuff:
I’ve been meaning to make this soup for a while and the other night I finally got the chance. Besides French onion and my mom’s split pea soup, broccoli and cheese soup is my favorite.
I made it once before using Emeril’s recipe and it was divine, of course. This time I tweaked the recipe quite a bit. Also I didn’t puree it like Emeril, a. because I liked the chunky texture and b. because I just didn’t want to bother.
I love this recipe. It’s one of those mouth-watering dishes that require a surprisingly small amount of work. There really is something to be said of simplicity.
(Yield: 6 servings)
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/3 tsp curry powder
Cayenne pepper to taste (a few pinches)
3 tbsp flour
3 c chicken stock
3 c broccoli florets
1/2 c 2% milk
1 c sharp cheddar or American cheese, grated
Heat the butter and oil in a medium soup pot on medium-low heat. Add the onion and season with ½ tsp of salt. Sauté for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, thyme, curry, cayenne and black pepper (to taste.) Sauté for 1 minute. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, careful not to burn. Then add the stock, turn the heat up and cover with a lid. Bring to a boil, crack lid, turn the heat back to medium-low and simmer for 5 more minutes. Add the broccoli and cook another 4 minutes. Then add the milk and bring to a simmer again. Add the cheese, stirring to melt. Adjust the seasonings and it’s done.
I like to serve this soup with homemade croutons.