Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cream of Broccoli, Cheddar, and Bacon Soup

Whew! What a crazy week! 

My job that pays (home health nurse) has ex-plod-ed.  I've done a few admits, and several visits plus have been on-call for whatever else is needed.  It's kicking my butt.  I'm finding out how much work it takes to get myself and 4 kids out the door at a reasonable hour.  All I can say is, it's a good thing the hours are flexible!

I have just enough time today to share a recipe I've tried out recently.  It was pretty darn good.  I usually use Bear Creek instant soup so it was a stretch to make this from scratch...but soooo worth it!


Here's my recipe which I adapted from

2 Tbsp. butter
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 box of chicken stock or 2-14 1/2 oz. cans
4 c. broccoli cut into smaller pieces
4 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. flour
2 c. milk
1 pkg. bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 c. cheddar cheese

Melt 2 T. butter in medium sized stock pot, saute onion, garlic, and celery until tender.  Add broccoli and broth; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Puree soup (I have an immersion blender for this) or you can mash the mixture with a potato masher.  I like to leave the soup a bit chunky since I prefer to really see and taste the broccoli.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt 4 Tbsp. butter, stir in flour, cook for approximately 1 minute, then add milk.  Stir until thick and bubbly and then add the rue to the soup.  Add the bacon and cheese and stir until melted.  (I ended up adding in a little corn starch and water mix because I like my soup pretty thick, but this is optional.  You could also make a bit more rue.)  Season it all up with a bit of salt and pepper.

This was perfect served with fresh rolls too.  Of course, I rarely make my own since Rhodes frozen rolls are so stinking awesome.  Come on, I already made the soup from scratch so why would I completely spoil people with scratch rolls too?  I've got to keep the expectations low around here.;)

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