When you look outside your window and it’s wet and rainy, there is only one option for lunch. Soup. Hot, hearty and guaranteed to warm the cockles of your very soul, soup is the only thing that can stir you from that mid-January malaise where it looks like you’ll never seen the sun again.
But when it comes to choosing a soup, there are so many options. Thankfully we’ve got a homemade soup recipe for you that will make your decision a very easy one. Broccoli cheese soup is the perfect mix between rich and hearty, and it sure to banish those winter blues.
Here is the recipe, complete with a link to the bread bowls if you’ve got some extra time of your hands.
- 1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup)
- 1/2 a medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup of milk
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped small
- 4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 head)
- 2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 8 oz)
- salt and pepper to taste
- bread bowls (recipe is here)
Cook the butter, onion and garlic on a medium heat until tender. Then slowly add the milk and the chicken stock. Mix the corn starch with a bit of water until there are no lumps and add to the mixture. Finally add the mutmeg and bay leaves and cook on a medium/low heat until the soup has thickened.
Chuck in the carrots and broccoli and simmer until tender, then discard the bay leaves. Add the cheese to the soup and stir until it’s all melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then pour it into some bread bowls (or normal bowls if you can’t be arsed to fashion one from bread).
Sexy, rich, creamy and delicious, this broccoli cheese soup is sure to see off any colds, chills or winter malaise you may have. The bread bowls too are a great option if you’re something of an inventive cook. Otherwise it goes down equally well just served with some bread and butter. Looking for some summer comfort food instead? Well here are some classic recipes that will keep you smiling while the sun shines.