When I first started watching The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, one of the first episodes I watched she mad a delicious broccoli cheese soup.
Of course, I was intrigued. I love broccoli cheese soup. It’s one of my favorites when the season start to change and the air outside becomes cooler and crisper.
Perhaps, it’s not an exact taste of Winter, but its hot, thick, and cheesy. Can you say perfect for a night by the fire watching the snow fall out of your window?
But, back to the recipe. Unfortunately, some of the measurments are off with this recipe. Only because most of it is set to be for your personal taste. But, that just means that it will be all the more yummy!
- 4 Cups of Milk (any percent)
- 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream (You can substitute for 1 1/2 cups of Half and Half)
- 1/3 Cup of Flour
- 4 Tablespoons of Butter
- 2-3 Cups of Cheese (You can use less or more depending on how cheesy you want your soup)
- As much broccoli as you want chopped up in tiny pieces (Don’t just use the flowered parts of the florets, but also use the stems! Stems are super yummy when soft)
- To taste: Salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder If you don’t want the onion powder, but would like real onions, then I would dice up a half of an onion. I don’t like onions, but I like the taste.
Start off by melting the butter in a pan. Once the butter is melted add in the flour and whisk together to make a rue. (If you are using onions instead of onion powder, melt only two tablespoons of butter and sauté the onions until soft. Then melt the other 2 tablespoons of butter and continue).
Add in the milk and cream (or half and half), whisking until you can’t feel any of the rue stuck to the bottom of the pan.
**Be forewarned that a layer of this soup will burn on the bottom of your pan. It’s never ruined my pans, but I do have to soak them for a day after I make this soup. I’ve tried and tried to keep it from doing this by stirring often, but no matter how many times I stir it, it still burns on the bottom of the bottom.**
Once the soup is bubbling, add in the broccoli and simmer for 20 minutes or until the broccoli is soft. Add in the cheese to taste, and then add in the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders (don’t use onion powder if you used a real onion). Keep tasting until your desired flavor and . . .