– 1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
– 2 cups broccoli florets
– 1 onion, diced
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 4 cups vegetable broth
– 1 cup milk (or substitute with almond or soy milk for a dairy-free option)
– 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Optional toppings: crumbled bacon, extra shredded cheddar, or chopped chives
1. In a large pot, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, sautéing until they become translucent and aromatic.
2. Add the cauliflower florets to the pot, along with the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and let it simmer until the cauliflower is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
3. Carefully transfer the contents of the pot into a blender. Blend until smooth and velvety, taking caution to not overfill the blender. You may need to do this in batches.
4. Return the blended mixture to the pot over low heat. Stir in the milk and season with salt and pepper according to taste.
5. Now, it’s time to add the star of the show – the broccoli florets. Gently fold them into the soup and let them cook for about 5 minutes or until they are tender but still vibrant green.
6. Finally, gradually stir in the shredded cheddar cheese, allowing it to melt completely and infuse the soup with its richness and tangy goodness.
7. Once the cheese has melted, the soup is ready to be served. Ladle it into bowls, and if desired, garnish with crumbled bacon, a sprinkle of extra shredded cheddar, or some freshly chopped chives.
Serve this soul-warming soup with crusty bread or a fresh side salad for the perfect cozy meal. The creamy base, the tender broccoli, and the delightful hint of cheddar cheese come together in perfect harmony to create a symphony of flavors that will have you reaching for seconds.
Enjoy Your Broccoli and Cheddar Soup!
As with any recipe, feel free to make it your own. You can experiment with different cheeses to add a unique twist or toss in some diced carrots for an extra pop of color. The possibilities are endless, and the result will always be a bowl of heartwarming goodness.
So, gather your ingredients, prepare this Broccoli and Cheddar Soup with a cauliflower twist, and allow yourself to be transported to that charming winter evening where I, too, fell in love with this creamy delight. Enjoy, my fellow food enthusiasts!