September 8, 2005

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup 

3 T butter
3 T flour
2 T grated onion
salt and pepper
8 American cheese slices
1 can chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 1/2 c milk
1 cup cooked broccoli pieces, chopped very small or processed in a food processor

Melt butter in large saucepan. Add onion and cook 1 minute in butter. Add flour and whisk until incorporated. Stir in salt and pepper to taste and whisk in half of milk. Tear up cheese slices and alternate adding cheese, chicken broth and the rest of the milk, slowly whisking as you add cheese. Add another can of chicken broth and more broccoli and cheese to make a larger batch. Use real cheese and not ‘cheese food’ and you’ll be happy you did. =)

Tip: Grated onion is a good way to add real onion flavor if you have kids who don’t like pieces of onion in their food. I have a mini food processor that I grate onion up in and it almost liquefies it. You can use this method to add onion flavor to salsa, homemade salad dressings, soups, spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, potato dishes, omelets and anything else to which you normally add onion.

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