Classic Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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Ingredients

1 bunch broccoli (1-1/2 lbs/750 g)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 small baking potatoes, peeled and diced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 cups (500 mL) reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 tsp (5 mL) grated orange rind

1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried thyme

1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

Pinch hot pepper flakes

2 cups (500 mL) milk (approx.)

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt (approx.)

1 cup (250 mL) shredded Canadian Cheddar or Gruyère cheese

Classic Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli has been an all-time favourite vegetable in Milk Calendar recipes over the past 35 years. This easy, irresistible soup that was first featured in 2000 makes broccoli shine again - especially when topped with Canadian Cheddar or Gruyère cheese



Tip: To dress this soup up for entertaining, sprinkle the cheese on thin slices of baguette and toast under the broiler for elegant croutons, then float them in the bowls of soup.



Servings: 4 - 6

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories: 205

Protein: 13 g

Carbohydrate: 23 g

Fat: 8 g

Fibre: 4.4 g

Sodium: 375 mg

Instructions

Peel and chop broccoli stems and coarsely chop florets, keeping stems and florets separate (you should have about 6 cups/1.5 L total).

In a pot, combine broccoli stems, onion, potatoes, garlic, broth, orange rind, thyme, pepper and hot pepper flakes; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 min. Add florets; simmer, covered, for 5 min or until vegetables are softened.

Transfer to a blender or food processor, in batches, or use an immersion blender in the pot and purée soup, adding milk, until smooth. Return to pot, if necessary. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until steaming, but do not let boil. Stir in more milk if soup is too thick. Season with up to 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt. Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with cheese.

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