Broccoli Cheese Soup

I’m driving to a friend’s wedding in Colorado today so I will probably be eating on the road; you can enjoy this delicious soup for me, kay?:) Road trippin with toddlers is not #1 on my most favorite things to do list, but I’ve learned a couple things to make it more enjoyable for us both. 

  • Dollar Store Goodies: I like to visit the dollar store and grab a couple new toys or boredom busters that I keep hidden until a diversion is needed. 
  • Movies: is there any explanation needed?
  • Toys: we pack up her Winnie the Pooh backpack with some favorite toys like figurines or a tea set, a flashlight, and cellphone.
  • Books: we visit the library and max out my card with new stories to read. She isn’t quite ready to listen to it read, but she loves looking through the pictures at her own pace. Some of our favorites right now are Strawberry Shortcake stories and Barbie:)
  • Fun Songs: She loves activity songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, and If You’re Happy and You Know It. I have them all on CD’s and we’ll play her favorites over and over.
  • Blankie: also, no explanation needed.
  • Fun snacks and candy: like juice boxes and lollipops! 

With a storm on the way, what better way than to heat up your insides with a hearty soup? (and hot chocolate…mmmmmmm) 

Broccoli Cheese Soup–via Pioneer Woman


Ingredients:
1 whole Onion, Diced
1 stick 1/2 Cup Butter
1/3 cup Flour
4 cups Whole Milk
2 cups Half-and-half
4 heads Broccoli Cut Into Florets
1 pinch Nutmeg
3 cups Grated Cheese (mild Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Jack, Etc.)
Small Dash Of Salt (more If Needed)
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Chicken Broth If Needed For Thinning

Directions:

1)Melt butter in a pot over medium heat, then add the onions. Cook the onions for 3 to 4 minutes, then sprinkle the flour over the top. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute or so, then pour in milk and half-and-half. Add nutmeg, then add broccoli, a small dash of salt, and plenty of black pepper.
2)Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender. Stir in cheese and allow to melt.
3)Taste seasonings and adjust if needed. Then either serve as is, or mash it with a potato masher to break up the broccoli a bit, or transfer to a blender in two batches and puree completely. (If you puree it in a blender, return it to the heat and allow to heat up. Splash in chicken broth if needed for thinning.)
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