We have had some pretty chilly days this winter. Some days there’s nothing that hits the spot like a hot bowl of soup, and I’m a huge fan of creamy soups, which is why today’s post is a favorite of mine.
The other reason it’s a favorite is that it brings back memories, and I love recipes that remind me of the past.
This recipe is from my college roommate Karen, from the cookbook she made for me when we graduated. The thing is, I can distinctly remember a time when we were roommates that I had a terrible sore throat and laryngitis.
Karen made me this soup. I can picture myself sitting at our kitchen table that day, eating her soup. Every time I eat broccoli soup actually, I think of that day.
And a few weeks ago when I made the soup, I thought once again, of that day.
This was the first time I actually made the soup. I’ve never been very brave with soups before, I’ve mostly left them to Don other than a basic chicken soup. But since my friend Paula’s My Soup For You blog has been in existence, I’ve gotten very brave and I’ve since made several soups. In fact, she and I each made a version of a cream of broccoli soup within a day of each other and we didn’t even know it.
As far as my family goes, Caroline and I loved this soup the most. Between the two of us, we enjoyed it over several days’ time, and she liked coming home and having a mug of it after school on cold afternoons.
Here is the recipe for Karen’s Cream of Broccoli Soup. I hope it warms you up on a cold winter’s day!
CREAM OF BROCCOLI SOUP
6 cups chopped broccoli
3 and 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup flour
2 cups skim milk
1 tsp. butter
8 oz. cheddar cheese, cubed (I used fat free cheddar, shredded.)
Simmer broccoli in chicken broth until tender.
Remove bulk of broccoli and in blender or food processor, process the broccoli, onion and celery until smooth. Set aside.
Combine milk and flour in a separate container until dissolved.
Slowly add to broth, stirring until it begins to thicken.
Add puree, butter, salt and pepper to taste.
Stir until it begins to simmer.
Add cheese and stir until melted.