Cheesy Vegetable Soup

Winter is definitely here… and looks like its going to be one cold winter. So on this day off, I decided to run some errands… brrr…super cold….driving around the town, I knew I wanted some soup for lunch…. nothing comforting than a warm bowl of soup. Of course the Hearty Potato soup is super comforting… but I had seen pinned this soup with veggies and wanted to try it. 

I have a soft corner for Potatoes and Broccoli… especially in soups =) So anything with both of these and its a winner for me πŸ˜€ I had found this recipe while looking for Broccoli soup (been a fan since I tasted it in Panera Bread– Btw found a recipe for it that says it tastes like the one found in Panera Bread …but that will be another post). So I share today Cheesy Vegetable Soup recipe, while I sip on hot bowl of the same πŸ˜‰

Cheesy Vegeatble Soup
from: Lulu The Baker

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons butter (I just used 1 tbsp)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1 celery stick, finely chopped (I add a little more, I really like its taste)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth (Being a Vegetarian… I used Vegetable Broth)
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon flour ( I used 2 tbsp- after adding 1 and boiling it… it did not seem to thicken… so had to add more)
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup milk
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 heaping cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used 1- trying to eat healthy :D)
Method:

1. Melt the butter in a large soup pot.  Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute over medium heat until tender.  
2. Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 additional minutes.  Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender.  

 
3. Mix flour with water, add, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened.  
4. Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through.  
5. Stir in cheese, allow to melt, and serve.

I added some freshly ground pepper (I love black pepper)… if you want you could also add some red chili flakes… with my sore throat, the black peppers add enough spice πŸ˜€ Only thing missing is a slice of hearty bread =)

Quick and easy esp if you have the ingredients. Another good soup…. added to my recipe book πŸ˜€

Try it… you will enjoy it esp on this cold weather day. 

Enjoooy

Cheers =)

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