This past Tuesday all 50 states had freezing temperatures at some point, even Hawaii where it was 18 degrees atop Mauna Kea.
This is a really good version of broccoli cheese soup. The addition of chicken makes it hearty enough to serve as a main course.
Many recipes I have tried call for puréeing the broccoli and the result is usually a very thick soup. Here the chicken and broccoli are chopped and suspended in a not too thick, but creamy and cheesy, soup base.
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
32 ounces chicken broth
2 cups milk
24 ounces frozen broccoli florets, thawed and chopped
1 cup sour cream
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, plus additional to garnish
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1. Heat butter in a large soup pot over medium heat.
2. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and salt; add to pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken starts to brown, about 6 minutes.
3. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and broth.
4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli and simmer for 20 minutes or until soup is thickened. Add sour cream and both cheeses, stirring until melted.
5. Garnish with cheddar and serve.
Serves 6 to 8
Recipe from Cooking With Paula Deen Magazine
Speaking of the cold weather, would anyone else be happy if they never heard the term ‘Polar Vortex’ again? Staahp!
I almost deleted the press release email about Stewart Eastham, on principal, without a listen when it stated this: “Stewart Eastham’s “The Man I Once Was” has been getting some great press. Have you listened yet? It might just be the right tonic for the polar vortex blues.”
I’m glad I soldiered on and gave his music a listen. Mr. Eastham’s album is full of solid Americana tunes delivered in his lovely twang.
‘Crazy Old World’ is my favorite tonic.
Check out Stewart Eastham on his Website, where you can buy the music.