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Chipotle Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

SOUP SEASON!!! There’s nothing like it-  Cozying up with a comfortable blanket, binge watching your favorite series, all while enjoying a warm bowl of whatever soup you conjured up that evening. It’s by far my favorite time of year. I much prefer the remedies of cold weather to those of warmer temperatures. Today I was really fancying a creamy cup of Broccoli and Cheddar Soup. I can never get enough Broccoli… and when you have the added element of cheese, which makes any dish better already, you really can’t go wrong. I decided to spice things up with a little Chipotle and Paprika for an extra kick.

Servings: 5

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Small White Onion, finely diced
  • 3 Medium Carrots, finely diced
  • 1 Tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3-1/2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 4 Cups Broccoli Florets
  • 1-1/2 Cups Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp. Chipotle Powder

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Instructions:

  1. In a large sauce pot(preferably cast iron) heat Olive Oil and saute Onions, Carrots, and Garlic until fragrant and slightly browned.
  2. Add All Purpose Flour and stir into ingredients until Flour thickens the ingredients and doesn’t remain. (When you add Flour to ingredients or liquid you are essentially forming a Roux, which thickens a sauce or soup marvelously.)
  3. At this point add Chicken Stock, Milk, and seasoning, and reduce to a slow simmer continually stirring to avoid the dairy sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Once the soup is a really starting to thicken, add the Sharp Cheddar, taste, and adjust seasoning where necessary.

I don’t think anything really beats some crumbled up Saltines on top of this decadent bowl of soup.

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