Broccoli Cheese Soup

I tried a new-to-me farmer’s market recently and came home with 2 pints of blueberries, 2 pounds of strawberries, a pint of raspberries, the largest Granny Smith apples I have ever seen, a head of lettuce, two bunches of bananas, and a humungous bag of broccoli. All for $16. Yay me!

I love broccoli! Fresh broccoli, to be precise. I love steamed, fresh broccoli. But even what I got was too much for my family and I had to have a way to quickly cook it up before it went bad (Yes, I could have frozen it. But I didn’t. So there).

One of my favorite soup recipes I’ve ever tried was a broccoli cheese soup. I loved it. Ches loved it. The kids loved it (this was years ago, before they started boycotting anything I made that doesn’t rhyme with “lickin’ buggets”). I looked around for the recipe, but couldn’t find it. So, after looking at several recipe blogs, I decided to make my own. And it’s my favorite so far. Ches couldn’t get over how good it was! I feel so Molly Mormon. 🙂

So here’s my soup and here’s what I did:

First, I chopped up all the broccoli I had and put it in my biggest pot. I have no idea how much broccoli it was and I didn’t bother measuring it. Sorry. (I’m not good with measurements, so your guess is as good as mine)

Then I added enough water to the pot to just cover the broccoli. In this case, it was 8 cups of water. I added 7 teaspoons of chicken bouillon, 2 teaspoons garlic salt, and one small onion (finely chopped). I let it come to a boil and then cook until the broccoli was tender, which was about 10 more minutes.

Once the broccoli was tender, I added 3 cups of milk, two cans of cream of celery soup, about 4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, some salt and pepper, and let it all come to another boil. Then I let it simmer for about 10 or 15 minutes. And then… voila! It’s all done! Normally I like it a bit thicker (so add more cheese), but this was pretty tasty as it was. Also, it’s really filling. I only needed one bowl to feel full and had to talk myself out of a second bowl.

I’m such a Julia Child now, huh? Bon appetit!