This week I’m taking a little bit of a break from the turkey theme. I thought you might be in the mood for a little variety. As you know, I LOVE soups (I think they’re just great for stretching a little into a lot). When you’re trying to be economical, you can throw pretty much anything into a soup and make a meal! This soup is a favorite of my family’s, and we never make it exactly the same way twice. I especially like to make it when I can get seasonal broccoli (or cauliflower – you can use that too!) at a great price.
This soup has a very non-traditional flavor that you might not expect with a broccoli soup, which in my opinion comes from the strange spice combination (Allspice and Nutmeg). But don’t skip those, because they are what take this soup from blah to WOW! That and the cheese, because cheese just makes everything better.
This recipe is also a 2-step process. I often like to do step #1 one day, then the rest of the recipe the next day. You don’t have to, but it’s just easier in my opinion than having to worry about putting really hot liquid in the blender. One time it sort of jumped out at me because I didn’t have the lid on right, so I prefer to do it cold.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 large head of broccoli
- 3 cups chicken broth (or any kind of broth – anyone got some leftover turkey broth?)
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup chopped onion (I used more)
- 1/4 cup GF flour mix (use regular flour if you’re not gluten-free)
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/8 t. pepper
- 2 cups milk
- 2-3 cups grated cheese (cheddar and colby are especially good)
- Allspice to taste
- Nutmeg to taste
1) Cut up the broccoli and cook in the broth until tender. Cool, then run through the blender to your desired consistency.
2) Saute the onion in the butter until it is limp and translucent and cooked all the way through. Add in the salt and pepper and the GF flour mix, and stir well.
3) Pour the broccoli/broth mixture into a medium to large pot. Add 2 cups of milk and the onion mixture. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until it thickens.
4) When the soup has made it to your desired texture and thickness, it’s time for the fun part! Add in your 2-3 cups of cheese (whatever kind you want)! Once the cheese goes in, don’t let it boil. You’re just heating from this point forward. Now, add in your spices: Allspice and Nutmeg. Add a small amount, stir, taste. Repeat until it reaches your “happy place”.
5) You can also make a pretty little garnish with grated cheese and some more spices to sprinkle over the top if you’d like.