Thursday, August 21, 2014

Broccoli /Tomato/ Cheddar Soup

 New Recipe updated:

What do you do when you feel like eating soup and don't have any made?  You create some!!!! Today it's Broccoli/tomato/cheddar soup from my kitchen to yours. Enjoy!

 1 cup broccoli cut in large to medium pieces
1/2 cup onion diced
1/2 cup celery diced
1-32 oz Chicken or Vegetable Broth
1-10 1/4 oz. can Campbell's tomato soup ( add 2 cans if you want more tomato flavor)
2 + cups sharp cheddar cheese (I use already shredded)
American cheese(optional) If I had some I would have added some of it as well.
Hot pepper cheese (optional)
2 T olive or canola oil

Saute onion, celery and broccoli pieces in large pot over low to medium heat for approx. 5 to 10 minutes. Add chicken and tomato soups and simmer until vegetables are tender.  Remove from heat.  With an immersion blender or regular blender blend until almost all of the vegetables are incorporated. (leave a few broccoli pieces out to add after the soup is blended).  If you want to have some pieces of broccoli visible only pulse for a few minutes. Take off heat and add 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese and blend with spoon until cheese is melted thoroughly. Top with extra shredded cheddar.  Serve with croutons, crackers or pretzel bites.  You choose.

Note:  This is not a thick soup so adding a few crackers or croutons is definitely a plus.

**For a thicker soup take 2 T cornstarch and whisk it into about 1/4 cup of soup mixture.  When creamy add to the rest of the soup stirring constantly until thickened.

 Note: I adjusted the recipe today and added the cornstarch and  hot pepper cheese (2 medium slices) for a little bite.  Love it!

***Also you can break up a slice of bread in pieces and put in the bottom of your soup bowl and add your soup to it.

Happy Cooking! 

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