broccoli and cheese is full of win

bread bowl? what an ingenious idea

bread bowl? what an ingenious idea

you know, up until late last year i’ve never had broccoli cheese soup. i knew it existed. it sounded good. it just never happened. but then something magical occurred- i bought an immersion blender. soups all the freakin’ time. it was only a matter of time before broccoli made its way under the spinning blade.

broccoli cheese soup

~2-3 cup broccoli florets

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

1 medium potato, cleaned and chopped

4 cups chicken stock

2 cups water

1 large yellow onion

extra virgin olive oil

1 cup extra sharp cheddar, grated (plus more for garnish if desired)

1/4 cup milk

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

***bread bowl, optional

in a stock pot cover broccoli, carrots and potato with chicken stock and water. cover and bring to a boil. simmer for about 20 minutes or until carrots can be easily pierced with a fork. while the vegetables are simmering, sautee the onion until translucent. add onion to stock pot. remove from heat.

use an immersion blender to blend the soup until desired consistency. i like to leave some chunks of veggies for texture. add in cheese and stir until it melts. pour in milk. add salt and pepper to taste.

***the bread bowl in the picture is my standard honey whole wheat. i would reccomend to make an entire loaf and just use about 1/4 of the dough for each bowl. that way is much easier, and you get a better result, as opposed to shrinking the recipe. the only change is that no loaf pan is used, and you only bake the bowl for about 25 minutes. then just cut the top off and scoop out the insides. mmmmm bready insides…..

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10 responses to “broccoli and cheese is full of win

  1. Whoa, I was just looking for a broccoli cheese soup recipe earlier this week and had given up on ever finding a good one…when I saw yours on Tastespotting! I love it when that happens :) Dinner tonight!

  2. thanks!

  3. Ooh…the cheese and the bread bowl sounds super fun! Very nice photography!

  4. This recipe sounds great! I’ve been looking for a good broccoli cheese soup for a while. And I agree…soup is always better in a bread bowl!

  5. oneordinaryday

    You know, I’ve never had soup in a bread bowl either. It always looks so perfect but I have yet to try it myself.

  6. i loooooove soup and i really want some of that broccoli and cheese ones of yours! i got a question though as i have never had soup in a bread bowl, how do you actually like ‘eat’ the whole thing?

    • i’m sure it varies from person to person, but i usually start with a spoon ;). then as the level of soup goes down i can rip part of the bowl away. the bowl will eventually fall apart, but not so fast that you have to inhale the soup. a knife and fork may be useful if you don’t want to use your hands when you get to the end- it can get a little bit messy.

      hope that helps!

  7. I cannot wait to make this.

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