Broccoli Cheese Soup

5 Dec

My grandma is old-fashioned. That’s putting it mildly. She has a very ’50s-housewife mentality, bless her heart. Now you might think that since I have a cooking blog, that I, too, am old-fashioned, cutesy, and housewifey. You’d be wrong (although I don’t mind the cutesy part).

No matter how many times I try explaining to my grandma that it’s actually not necessary for me to fold my husband’s laundry, cook his favorite meals every day, and go to bed with curlers in my hair, she never stops trying to make me change (again, bless her heart).

On Black Friday, we were eating Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch like happy little turkeys. We were taking turns reheating our individual plates. My husband heated his plate up first, so he was almost finished eating by the time I was just sitting down. Seconds after I sat down, my grandma addressed my husband.

Grandma: “Now if you want any seconds, just tell Adrianne and she’ll go get them for you.”

Husband: Says nothing; stares at me.

Me: “Nice try, Grandma, but actually he can get them for himself.”

This is a typical scene when we’re at  Grandma’s house. She always laughs my comments off and thinks I’m being cheeky. I am amazed at her tenacity to make me a doting servant. She puts up a real fight, though—I’ll give her that.

This soup is one of my personal favorite meals. I make it a lot (whether or not my husband approves). He likes it, too, though, so I don’t think Grandma would get on my case too much.

Broccoli cheese soup is one of my favorite things to order at restaurants. It usually never disappoints. It’s hard for me to recreate it exactly at home, but this version might even be superior. It’s easy and even heartier with the addition of potatoes and carrots. It’s thick, chunky, and even has a creamy base—just like restaurant-style.

Chop broccoli, carrots, and potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Cover with water and the bouillon cube. Simmer veggies about 10 minutes, or until tender.

Stir in cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Mix until smooth.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
4 cups broccoli
2 carrots
3 potatoes, peeled
2 cups water
1 teaspoon bouillon powder or 1 cube
1 can cream of chicken soup
4 oz. cream cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese

Directions:

Chop broccoli, carrots, and potatoes into bite-sized pieces and place in medium-to-large saucepan. Cover vegetables with water and add bouillon powder (or cube). Simmer vegetables for 10 minutes, or until tender. (Don’t worry if it doesn’t look like very much water in the pan. It will be enough and makes the soup rich and creamy this way.) Remove pan from heat. Stir in soup, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese until cheeses melt and the mixture is creamy.

Adapted from BYU’s SDA Cookbook (2005 edition)

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2 Responses to “Broccoli Cheese Soup”

  1. Fran@fransfavs.com December 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Hi Adrianne, I just wanted you to know that your delicious molasses cookies arrived in perfect condition today. My husband and I immediately poured ourselves a cup of tea and split a cookie. We immediately realized that a half cookie wasn’t going to cut it, so we each went for another whole one and I had to sit on my hands not to eat another one! I will be looking for your recipe on Dec. 12! Thanks again for the yummy cookies, and I enjoyed “meeting” you. Food bloggers are the best! Fran p.s. The broccoli soup looks like comfort in a bowl. Plan on trying it soon. 🙂

    • Adrianne December 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

      Hi Fran! I’m so glad you liked them. I felt like making something Christmassy to share. I hope you do try the broccoli cheese soup, too, it’s so easy and good! By the way, your blog is wonderful. Nice to “meet” you too!

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