Wednesday, January 7, 2015
I made my first new recipe of the year!! AND I used my brand new crock pot!!
I scanned through a bunch of pins on Pinterest to kind of make up my own recipe for this soup. Kimm and I had it tonight (perfect night to have it since it’s 20 below zero!) and we LOVED it. Seriously, I cannot count how many times Kimm said “mmmm!!” while eating. It actually became quite funny 🙂
Crock Pot Cheesy Broccoli Soup
Makes: 4 large servings (or 6 smaller servings)
Prep time: about 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6-7 hours on low setting
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, diced
1 1/2-2 carrots, peeled, coarsely chopped
1 clove of garlic, peeled and sliced thin
3 heads of broccoli
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups whole milk
6 cups water
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
8 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste (I used 20 grinds of fresh pepper and 4 teaspoons salt)
Heat medium-sized pot to medium, place butter inside to melt.
Add diced onion and carrot, cook about 5-10 minutes until onions start to color slightly and caramalize.
While the onions and carrots are cooking, chop up all the broccoli and add to the crock pot (head part only, not stems).
Add garlic to bottom of pot where onions and carrots are cooking, cook about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until fragrant.
Add 2 tablespoons flour to pot and mix to coat vegetables.
Add 2 cups milk.
Increase heat to medium-high, bring to a boil, and boil for one minute until slightly thickened.
Add milk and vegetable mixture to crock pot over chopped broccoli.
Heat 2 cups of water for 2 minutes in microwave and dissolve 2 vegetable bouillon cubes in the water.
Pour vegetable bouillon mixture into crock pot.
Add 4 more cups of water to crock pot.
Stir everything well.
Turn crock pot on low and cook for 6-7 hours.
Using immersion blender, blend soup until broccoli pieces broken up (if you don’t have an immersion blender, you could take a potato masher and break up the broccoli so it is less bulky…it won’t be as creamy, but that’s okay too…or you could put small batches into a Vitamix or food processor to combine).
Add salt and pepper, stir well.
Add cheese in small batches and mix well.
Serve and enjoy!!!
**This soup is a little on the thin side when you dish it out, but when you put saltines in it like we did it made the perfect consistency. Or you could always add more milk and less water.
Seriously, there is nothing more comforting than the smell of something delicious wafting through the air when you get up after sleeping during the day.
Kimm said the smells were so tantalizing 🙂
Here is some good news on this cold winter day…I read today that Florida is the 36th state to legalize gay marriage!
I’m really not looking forward to going out tonight to work for three reasons:
1) I didn’t sleep well (lots of tossing and turning) so I’m sure I’m going to crash early and feel wicked tired at work tonight
2) it is FREEZING outside…literally! (temp is currently 7 degrees, minus 15 with wind chill!)
3) JCAHO (Joint Accreditation for Healhcare Organizations) is spending the week at our hospital so all the management is a little stressed out which is making ME a little stressed out…I really hope I have NO interaction with them at all
Okay, now I’m off to practice French, shower, then GG and a snack (I think I’ll have the same as last night which was so simple, yet so good…hot chocolate with a candy cane melted in it and some Royal Dansk sugar butter cookies that we have been eating since Christmas).