cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup 6

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

In our Quest for Simpler Living (note the capitalized words for dramatic effect), one nice way we’ve found to make simpler/healthier/more creative meals is through interesting soups and stews. Unfortunately, this strategy often means leaving some of the creamier, cheesier members of the soup family by the wayside, which is kind of saddening to me at times.  Broccoli cheddar soup, clam chowder, seafood bisques and the like are definitely all-stars in my book, so even though they have to be “sometimes food”, I’m still glad they show up every once in awhile in the rotation.

I added cauliflower to the recipe, since broccoli and cauliflower seem kind of like friends anyway, and I figured it could add to the texture if it was blended into the broth. We went with a fairly smooth soup this time, but if you wanted something a little chunkier you could chop some of the vegetables into bigger pieces and add them in after pureeing the soup (or just puree less thoroughly).

This can easily be a slightly lighter soup if you leave out the cream, or richer if you add more cheese and cream to the mix. I tried to kind of split the difference to have a hearty soup that wasn’t over-rich. 

Serve it with ciabatta, because I just posted how to make it earlier this week and it’s delicious. 

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

Cheddar Broccoli Cauliflower Soup Recipe

4 cups (total) chopped broccoli and cauliflower

1 carrot, finely chopped

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2-3 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup flour

3 cups stock

1.5 cups milk

1/2 cup cream (or sub more milk)

8 oz cheddar cheese, grated

salt and pepper to taste

Chop your vegetables. We used a food processor to save time (we made twice this amount for guests), but you can chop by hand if you want a different texture.

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

heyo vegetables!

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

like I said, we made a lot

Start with the onions, and saute the whole crowd in the butter. Add the garlic once the rest of the veggies have gotten a little softer.

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

Next, add the flour and mix it around thoroughly so it can blend with the veggies and butter. Gradually add the stock and bring to a simmer, then cover and heat for 15-20 minutes.

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

Once the veggies are softened, blend the mix to your desired thickness (use either an immersion blender or in batches in a standard blender).

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

Add the milk and cream slowly, followed by the cheddar. Heat gently, but don’t bring to a boil (it can curdle the dairy.) 

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

Adjust salt and pepper, and serve with some delicious bread. If you make as much as we did, make sure there’s like 15 people who want to eat it.

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

Enjoy– and see you next time, foodies!

6 thoughts on “cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup

  1. Reply Phun Hung Jun 22, 2012 10:45 am

    I was searching for Cauliflower soup and found your blog. Really nice article though. Please keep posting about these things. Thanks, Phun Hung.

  2. Reply Ash Sep 1, 2012 5:03 am

    Maybe a stupid question but should the broccoli and cauliflower be cooked first?

    • Reply Todd Sep 1, 2012 7:33 am

      You can just cook it in with the other veggies. It wouldn’t be a bad thing if you did cook them first for whatever reason, it would just help them be softer quicker.

  3. Reply laura Mar 17, 2013 2:04 pm

    I am going to try this today. It would be great if your site offered a way to print this recipe on a 3×5 card. Article was really well done. Thank you.

    • Reply Todd Mar 17, 2013 3:57 pm

      Good suggestion! Recipe printing is something I’ve wanted to do in a good way, and I’m still exploring the best option. Good luck!

  4. Reply Alice May 26, 2013 7:59 pm

    I needed a recipe to use up veggies and cooked this tonight. I made chicken broth with boullion cubes to sub for the stock. It turned out well, my kids are chowing down (2 year old and 6 year old).

Leave a Reply