Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cheddar Broccoli soup

Ok this is going to be a quick one. I made a lot of  soup! over a gallon for the 3 people that live in my house.  after I made It I split it in 1/3's and froze 2/3rds of it. I am all about making stuff once and enjoying it multiple times. sooo Here is the recipe I made it's mathed out to make 16 portions so  you can always tone it down by making a half or quarter batch.

4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 medium onion, chopped
1 cup melted butter
1 cup flour
8 cups half-and-half
8 cups chicken stock or bouillon
2 pounds fresh broccoli
4 cups carrots, julienned
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon nutmeg
32 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

the procedure of this recipe is gonna fly by! but it's soup, Soup is easy!

Take that first bit of butter and heat it in a pan(or the pot you're gonna make the soup in )

Add The onions and sweat them down with a touch of salt

 add the rest of the butter (if you follow the websites directions they want you to take out the onions and make the rue seperate then add the onions in later... That's silly and this way works just the same )

Add the flour into the butter onion mixtureand stir , you're making a roux to thicken the soup cook this for a few minutes while you stir it

it'll look pasty  This is a light or Blonde roux it a long with the pureed broccoli and cream will be responsible for the mouth feel of the soup and the Fluidity

Add the half and half ( or half cream and half 1% milk like i did)  depending on how rich  you like your soup you can use just milk or all cream or any variation of dairy you also add the stock at this point. (I used Smoked Turkey stock

Bring the soup to a simmer so the roux can start thickening it , and after about 20 mins add the Carrots( the recipe calls for juliennes  but I just cut them into simple uniform shapes there is no point in nice knife cuts when you just puree it all!)

after the carrots have cooked for about 20 mins add the broccoli ( we got a sweet deal at cash and carry 1.97 for 2# of all ready chopped broccoli) I added 3#'s of Broccoli because I like my soup super broccoliy

Cook another 5- 15 minutes depending on how large your broccoli is cut

Next you can use a blender to blend the soup in batches , or use an immersion or stick blender if you have one. ( you should get one they are pretty cheap and awesome... plus no cleaning a huge blender or Spraying hot soup everywhere!)  there was a guy in my class at Culinary school who had a mishap with a blender and a bunch of tomatoes , that ended up with him having tomato juice all over half the kitchen

Don't be a Mark, get a stick blender (name changed for liability reasons) 

add all that Tasty cheese in there! I used a pound of colby jack  and a pound of an all ready shredded  4 cheese blend  because we had it in the fridge.

 After the Cheese has melted, Taste the soup and season it.

Eat the soup !  dip bread in it,  or a grilled cheese or  Eat it Out of a bread bowl 

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