You can use a bunch of different vegetables in this soup, and your kids won’t know you are sneaking them in!!!! Also, it’s amazing. My husband ate 3 bowls!
I have a new favorite soup. I LOVE a good soup on a chilly day, and especially because of how easy they can be. I typically go to my same 3 soups, but I had a fridge full of veggies that I knew I wanted to use somehow this week for dinner. So I decided to throw together a new soup!!! And I’m officially hooked.
Broccoli Cheesy Potato Soup
- 1/2 cup onion – chopped
- 1 cup carrots – peeled and chopped
- 2 stalks of celery – washed and chopped
- 4-6 medium sized russet potatoes – peeled and cut bite size
- 2 cups broccoli – chopped
- 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese – shredded (don’t use pre shredded cheese!)
- 4 Tablespoons butter – split
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1 cup milk (give or take)
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- Chop all your vegetables, keeping them all separate to be put into the pot at different times. Shred your cheese and set it aside.
- Put 2 tablespoons of butter into the bottom of a large pot on medium heat. Place the carrots, onion and celery into the pot and sauté until softened.
- Add the chicken broth, water and potatoes into the pot and bring it to a boil. Continue to boil until the potatoes are soft (approx. 15 minutes)
- After about 12 minutes, place 2 tablespoons into a saucepan and melt on medium heat. Add in the 2 tablespoons of flour whisk it into the butter. Slowly pour the milk into the mixture whisking the whole time. Once the mixture thickens, pour it into the soup. Stir until well incorporated.
- Place the broccoli into the soup. Add the cheese, about 1/2 cup at a time into the soup, stirring continuously until fully melted.
- Simmer on low about another 10 minutes until broccoli is soft.
*If you want to make this ahead of time, prepare as directed and then pour it into a crockpot and keep it on “keep warm”. That’s what I did and 3 hours later when we got home it was perfectly ready for dinner!
This is also the best way to hide in all those vegetables you have in your fridge. Have some cauliflower that’s gonna go bad this week? Chop it up small and throw it into the mix. You really can get away with just about any vegetable substitute in it. Just remember that the smaller the veggies are chopped, the less noticeable they are to the kids!
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