I am really enjoying Country Heat and since the meal plan falls in line with the 21 day fix I feel right at home with my containers!!
Fall is in the air and to me that means SOUP Weather!! I am kinda excited for the fall foods... the weather too!
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Yield: 4 Servings
Serving Size:Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
2 tsp butter - Yes Butter is ok on the Fix!
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chopped carrots (about 2 medium)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (1 (32 oz) box)
4 cups broccoli, roughly chopped
2 cups cauliflower, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp salt & pepper, to taste
2 cups broccoli, chopped into small pieces
1 1/3 cups shredded sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese
In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat, then add the onions and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally until they start to soften (they will finish cooking later, so don't worry about trying to make them super soft).
Next, add the roughly chopped broccoli (DO NOT add the broccoli that you chopped into small pieces yet!), the cauliflower, 1/2 tsp salt and the broth. Cover and simmer until veggies are all VERY soft. You should be able to mash them against the side of the pot with the back of a spoon.
Meanwhile, cook the broccoli that's been chopped small in the microwave. I put them in a glass casserole dish with a lid and a couple of tablespoons of water, then cooked until very soft. It took about 5 minutes or so, but all microwaves are different so keep an eye on yours the first time you make this.
Once veggies from the pot (with the chicken broth) are soft, puree the mixture in the blender in batches until all of the contents of the pot are pureed. Return to pot.
Heat pot on low heat. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and the cooked finely chopped broccoli until all of the cheese is melted. Add pepper to taste. Serve!
*Just a little note - this makes a pretty thick soup, that's how my family likes it, but if your family likes it thinner, by all means, add some extra broth until it's the way you want. 2 cups of Chicken Broth = 1 Red Cup container for tracking.