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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Broccoli Cheese Soup

My daughter Emily serves up some yummy hot soup!

Here's a quick and delicious soup that can be made mostly from your pantry. The only thing fresh you need is broccoli and cheese.

Broccoli Cheese Soup
4 cup diced broccoli
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup dried onions
4 cups chicken broth
scant 1/3 cup cornstarch
1 and 1/8 cup non-instant dry milk powder (or 2 cups instant dry milk)
3 cups grated cheddar cheese

Cook broccoli in 2 cups water with onions and spices until tender. Put 4 cups of broth, cornstarch and dry milk powder into a blender and blend until smooth. Add to broccoli and cook until thick. Stir in 2 cups cheese and transfer to serving bowl. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the soup. Serves 6. Yummy, filling, easy!

Baked potato topping:
Don't add the cheese to soup, but serve the soup as a thick gravy over a baked potato, topping with grated cheese.

Company dinner:
You can make this into a gourmet main dish by adding grilled chicken cubes and serving over brown rice.

Brown rice is delicious and very healthy. When I cook brown rice, I measure 2 cups of water (or broth) for every cup of rice. Then I shake some wild rice in, for a gourmet touch: 1/4 to 1/2 cup is just right. I also add a few tablespoons dried onions, dried diced carrots, and dried parsley. This makes the rice colorful and tasty. 1 cup of brown rice plus 2 cups liquid and about 40 minutes cooking time will give you 3 cups of moist brown rice. Don't take the lid off. Just cook over medium heat until the rice absorbs the water and is tender. Ummm, perfect!


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  • At January 15, 2009 at 4:16 AM , Blogger Melonie said...

    YUM! This is one of my favorite types of soup!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  • At January 15, 2009 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Tammi said...


    Our family enjoys broccoli and cheese soup, too. Have you ever tried it with California Mixed Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots)? We like it this way, and also like to add a mix of cheeses like mozzarella, American, and cheddar.

    God Bless You and Your family,

  • At January 16, 2009 at 9:14 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

    Thanks for the great recipe. I made it for dinner tonight and everyone (well almost everyone!) loved it.

  • At January 17, 2009 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Carissa said...

    What a great idea to do this in blog format. Thank you! I will be back often.


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