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Spelling Test (Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Soup)

January 16, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Broccoli Cheese Soup ~ Syrup and Biscuits
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While I rave about how good school lunches were back in the day when the lunchroom ladies actually cooked, they had epic fails with broccoli. I don’t know why they tried to serve it from a food line. It’s one vegetable that doesn’t hold well.  As it sits in the steamer pan, the aroma grows stronger while the vegetable gets mushy.  A strongly flavored, mushy vegetable isn’t the stuff which makes fond food memories. It turned me off broccoli for a long time.  Decades went by before I discovered that broccoli is edible if cooked properly.  Let’s just say I’ve made up for all those years of not eating broccoli.

The weather in the deep Deep South has been on the gloomy side off and on.  It’s get rainy and then cold.  I can’t complain because for every one or two cold and gloomy days, we get four or five times that of beautiful blue skies and mild temperatures. While I love soup year round, I especially love it when the weather is cold and dreary.  Broccoli Cheese Soup filled the bill for a hot and  hearty soup that would warm our cockles……whatever they may be.

As many times as  I’ve spelled b-r-o-c-c-o-l-i, I always have to check  to make sure I have the right number of  c’s and l’s.  I have a tendency toward too few c’s  and too many l’s. Perhaps I need to stop now and write the word 200 times. We had to do that in fifth grade for every misspelled spelling test word.  I was always a good speller and miss very few spelling test words.  It’s quite obvious, to me, that we never had b-r-o-c-c-o-l-i as a spelling test  word.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup ~ Syrup and Biscuits

Broccoli Cheese Soup

yield: one quart of soup

This is a great recipe for using up bits of left over cheese.  Any type of hard and semi-hard cheese that’s meltable can be used. Don’t add additional salt until after  you’ve added cheese, it has completely  melted and you’ve tasted.  The salt content of cheese varies.  

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

2 tablespoons cooking oil

1/4 cup all-purpose flour (substitute gluten free for wheat if necessary)

1 quart chicken stock

4 cups broccoli flowerets,  roughly chopped (3 small heads or one large head)

2 medium carrots, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)

4 ounces sharp cheddar, grated

4 ounces Asiago, grated

1 teaspoon salt, optional

additional grated cheese for garnish.

Cook onion in cooking oil until soft.  Add flour and stir until all the oil is absorbed and flour has lost its white color, roughly 3 to 4 minutes.

Gradually whisk in stock. Bring to a boil.  Add broccoli and carrots.  Cover, reduce heat to a low boil.  Cook until broccoli and carrots are fork tender. Partially purée with an immersion blender, if desired.

Add cheese and stir until melted.  Taste for salt and add if needed.

Garnish with grated cheese.  Serve hot.

You might also enjoy:

Colonial Brown Bread

Roasted Garlic and Herb Bread

Zucchini Carrot Bread



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  1. January 16, 2014 10:03 pm

    You peeked in my recipe file, didn’t you? This is my exact recipe and I LOVE this soup. It’s too hot here for soup now but I’m swooning thinking of you eating it.

    • January 18, 2014 8:05 pm


      I suppose great minds……..
      A lot of people add cream or milk to a soup like this. I don’t think it’s necessary with good stock and good quality cheese. If I find I have several bits and pieces of different kinds of cheese, I will use it in this soup and I haven’t found a combination that wasn’t good.

  2. January 20, 2014 12:03 pm

    First, delicious looking soup! Now, I understand you completely — there are some foods that should never be served in an institutional setting. Broccoli is definitely on that list.

  3. January 20, 2014 12:59 pm

    Wow I was just wondering what I would do with the good mozzarella cheese I have left over from a pasta dish I made. I’ll definitely try this and will add another flavor of cheese as well.
    Jackie you’re always spot on! Thanks man!

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