Ahhh Saturday morning! I love sitting and enjoying a nice cup of coffee on the one day of the week I don't have to do anything. A simple thing to take pleasure in, but sometimes its just so nice to sit down and take a little breather. I still have lots to do today and tomorrow in preparation for having some of the office ladies over to my place tomorrow evening, but those things can wait while I drink my coffee. :)
Last night I was feeling a little drained after a busy week at work, so I opted for an easy and healthy dinner that hubby and I could feel good about after eating. I made a Broccoli & Cheddar soup from my new cookbook The Looneyspoons Collection by Janet & Greta Podleski. I have one of their previously published cookbooks called Eat, Shrink and Be Merry and quite honestly, I love both cookbooks. Janet & Greta do a great job lightening up everyday recipes without using obscure or expensive ingredients and this soup was no exception. The short ingredient list, easy preparation instructions and quick cooking time made this soup really appealing (not to mention the fabulous end result).
Broccoli & Cheddar Soup
Recipe adapted from The LooneySpoons Collection
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp each dried tarragon and celery salt
- 3 cups chicken broth (I used homemade turkey stock)
- 1 large potato, peeled and diced
- 3 cups small broccoli florets
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packed shredded old cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp hot pepper sauce (or to taste)
- Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onions and celery. Cook and stir until veggies begin to soften, about five minutes. Add garlic, tarragon and celery salt. Cook 30 more seconds until fragrant. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for five minutes. Add broccoli and simmer for 7 more minutes, until broccoli and potatoes are tender.
- Carefully transfer soup to a blender. Puree until smooth and silky. Return pureed soup to pot over low heat. Whisk together milk and flour until smooth. Add to soup. Increase heat to medium and cook until mixture is bubbly and has thickened, stirring constantly. Add both cheeses, pepper, hot pepper sauce and salt. Stir until cheeses are melted. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Happy Cooking my Friends!