Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I am loving that the weather is changing and getting cooler, which means...SOUP!  Seriously, is there anything better on a cold night than a hot bowl of soup?  I don't think so!  This soup is comfort in a bread bowl.  The combination of broccoli, carrots, garlic, onion, and cheese is to die for!  The whole family loved it and can't wait to make it again.  If you are looking for a delicious soup for a cold evening, look no further! 


5 Tbsp, butter
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 C flour
1 1/2 C half and half
1 1/2 C milk
1 qt Imagine No-Chicken Broth
3 carrots, grated
1 pound broccoli
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamom
8 oz sharp cheddar, grated
8 oz Colby jack cheese, grated
4 oz pepper jack cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a large stock pot over medium heat.  Add the garlic and onions and saute until tender.
  2. Add the flour and whisk until evenly combined.  Add in milk, half and half, and broth.  Bring to a light boil.  Add broccoli and carrots.  Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Season with nutmeg, cardamom, salt and pepper.  Stir in cheeses.  Cook an additional 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Sugarcrafter


  1. Mmm I could just give that bread bowl a big hug :) Definitely does look warm and comforting. I've never used cardamom before, what's it taste like?

    1. This might sounds silly, but it tastes like the holidays. I would say it would compliment nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice...those types of seasonings. This was my first time using it, but I think it would work well for holiday baking too!

  2. I love this stuff! I always have it at Panera, but have never made it myself. Now I will have to! No more excuses!

  3. WOW this look amazing! i always want to get it out but restaurants always make it with chicken stock :( and i looooove that bread bowl! sooo good