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Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Yummy, yummy soup. I have had an insane aversion to vegetables lately (formerly my favorite food!) so I decided soups are a good way to smuggle some in. As a kid, my mom would take me to the Tillamook Creamery Restaurant in NE Portland which has since closed. They had the most delicious Cheddar Broccoli Soup! There is a cafe within the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook, OR and it is possible this delicious soup still exists, but in the meantime I had to fabricate my own.

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 Ingredients

5 tbs butter

1/2 white onion, diced

1/4 cup flour

3 bay leaves

1/2 tsp sea salt

coarsely ground black pepper to taste

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup water

2 cups chicken stock (homemade if possible)

4 cups broccoli florets (approximately 1 1/2 heads)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used a mix of sharp cheddar and white cheddar cheeses)

 

Directions

Melt butter on medium in a large saucepan.

Add diced onion and cook until soft, approximately 3 minutes.

Very slowly whisk in flour. Cook for about 1 minute then slowly whisk in heavy cream.

Add bay leaves, chicken stock and water, bringing mixture to a soft boil. Immediately turn heat down to get mixture to a simmer.

Simmer for approximately 10-20 minutes.

Add broccoli florets and simmer until soft, approximately 15-20 minutes.

Remove from heat for 5 minutes and remove bay leaves. Blend soup using an immersion or standard blender. Return pureed soup mixture to heat and add cheese, stirring frequently.

Serve with shredded cheese on top.

 

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Oh man, this soup totally hit the spot. As someone who doesn’t tolerate dairy very well, the taste was well worth the potential aftermath!

 

 

3 thoughts on “Cheddar Broccoli Soup

  1. Frances Lefever says:

    Looks delicious!!!
    I’m sorry I don’t think I ever knew about Tillamook Creamery restaurant!!!
    I would have loved it!!
    Good luck in your blog!!
    I REALLY want to get to know adorable Riley! Judy is keeping her all to herself! 🙁

    • emersushea says:

      Yes, it was a great restaurant! Thanks so much! Riley is a great baby. I hope you get to spend some time with her soon!

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