From the Garden, Broccoli Cheese Soup with Croutons Recipe

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Growing up I was a pretty privileged child in the sense that I was offered some pretty amazing home cooked meals. Looking back, I can see how lucky I was compared to all of the cardboard boxes and takeout bags I frequently saw at my friends houses. While not every dish was a favorite, my moms soups were on the top of my list for requests. My mom’s vegetable soup was and still is a winter favorite while the broccoli cheese soup was most enjoyed during the summer months. I’ve made a few changes to it to suit my palate but deep down, it still reminds me of the way my moms was made.

This summer my broccoli cheese soup was made extra special because the broccoli came straight from my garden. Being that it wasn’t the easiest vegetable to grow, I savored every last bite of it in this soup.

Garden Broccoli Head

 

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Croutons

Garden Broccoli Cheese Soup with Croutons Recipe
 
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Type: Soup
Serves: 6-10
Ingredients
  • 2 heads of fresh broccoli, remove stems
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
  • 32oz carton Swanson Chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¾ brick Velveeta cheese
  • 1 loaf Italian bread
  • seasoning
Instructions
  1. In a large pot bring chicken broth to a boil and add broccoli, carrots and onion.
  2. Cook until broccoli is tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add milk and cheese cubes.
  4. Stir over low heat for 20 - 30 minutes until cheese is fully melted.
Croutons
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Cut bread into 1 inch squares and spread evenly on a cookie sheet.
  3. Spray bread with olive oil spray (or drizzle liquid olive oil)
  4. Sprinkle lightly with seasoning (I used a garlic grill-mates seasoning) and/or fresh herbs and toss.
  5. Bake until crispy.

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  1. I love Broccoli soup! I was also very lucky that my family cooked fresh, my mom hated every moment of cooking but was an amazing cook!

  2. Cat,

    It’s nice to see I’m not the only one who eats soup during the summer. I also love being able to walk out into my garden and pick ingredients for the food I make. That broccoli is sure pretty.

  3. Yum Cat. This looks delicious, I bet it tastes wonderful!

  4. I love these recipes from your garden, they are so darn yummy!

  5. OH, with the clouds here that soup looks so good

    • You got bad weather? We’re stuck with extreme heat and nothing but sun for the next week. By the end of the weekend I’ll be begging for clouds.

  6. This sounds simple and delicious! :)

  7. I abosolutely love brococoli soup! I am bookmarking this page to make this on the weekend. It has been rainy here, and hot soup sounds really good!!! Thanks for the recipe :)

  8. Do you think you could do this without the Velvetta? I’ve always wanted to make a broccoli soup.

    • I’m sure you could but the problem is other yellow cheeses don’t melt as smoothly and it would change the flavor. I know a lot of people hate processed cheese but this is the time when Velveeta is at its best.

  9. Looks so good! I love the picture of the fresh broccoli too!

  10. Sharon Bentley says:

    I love soup. It is my #1 comfort food, especially potato soup and vegetable soup. When I was little and my mom worked, I was a whiz with the can opener and Campbell’s soup. I can remember walking to my aunt’s house, who was going to keep me on any given day, with my can of soup in my hand. I make my own soups from scratch now, but not everyone is happy to eat it with me until it is completely gone.

  11. Janice Cooper says:

    I love broccoli cheese soup and always wanted to make some at home. Your recipe sounds delicious!! So nice you were able to grow your own broccoli. It look good. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. Now I’m in the mood for some broccoli soup :)

  12. Brandy says:

    Wow! I also love broccoli cheese soup! Sounds wonderful! And I love that you grew the broccoli yourself.

  13. Debbie Welchert says:

    I just wrote this wonderful recipe down and can’t wait to try it. We also grow broccoli and there is such a big difference with fresh broccoli. We love it too.

  14. I love broccoli cheese. When I do more research in the google, most of the recipes they puree it into the blender. I didn’t like the taste and never expect the similar taste that I enjoyed it in restaurant :( I hope your recipe will taste much similar to the restaurant. Please let me know!

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