How many of you have ever tried feeding broccoli to a little kid? If you are thinking, ‘Yup, been there, done that!’ Then I’m with you.
If you never have, count yourself lucky :0) I had a hankerin’ for some broccoli cheddar soup so I made the soup thinking, ‘my kids aren’t going to touch this’. I figured I’d at least make them try it, then they’d want to eat something else. (I do have rather picky offspring.)
We sat down at the table, said a prayer over the food, and I started up a conversation about politics.
Out of the corner of my ear I hear “mom…..mom…..MOM…..”
“Yes Aidan, what?”
“Mom, I really like this!”
I raised my eyebrows in astonishment. “What?! Really? You like it?
“Mmm Hmm!” he says as he’s shoveling spoon fulls into his mouth.
I’m thinking, “Well, I better blog about this recipe…”
So here you have it! Creamy Broccoli Cheddar soup. 100% comfort food and kid approved.
I saw this recipe was different right away. It’s adapted from the fabulous folks over at America’s Test Kitchen (my favorite show). This recipe builds and blooms flavors step by step, so the finished product is most flavorful and delicious. Onion, garlic and peeled broccoli stems are sauteed in butter. Then cream, broth, broccoli crowns and a pinch of nutmeg are added and all is simmered together. A quick run through the blender and then the cheese is melted in last. Crumbled bacon and a bit more cheddar on top create a lovely garnish. I totally piled bacon on mine. You can never go wrong with bacon :0)
What I thought was especially interesting about this recipe was that the broccoli stems were peeled and sauteed with the onions. Turns out that those stems really add a rich broccoli flavor, plus the added nutrients that come from having a larger amount of broccoli in your serving.
Bowls were licked clean after this meal. Leftovers~forget about it. Try this recipe. It’s creamy deliciousness! And please let me know how it went in the comments below. I have a new weapon in the fight to get my kids to eat their veggies. I hope it’s helpful for you as well.