Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup
One of the greatest weaknesses I have when it comes to food is broccoli. I have always been a major fan of any dish which has that simple ingredient. That being said, this would be my all-time favorite soup recipe! It has both broccoli and cheese, which is beyond a shadow of a doubt, an excellent combination of ingredients.
That being said, this all began when I was suffering from pneumonia, and my mother knowing I was not feeling well was kind enough to prepare me some broccoli soup to eat. One taste, and I was on a mission to discover or create the absolute perfect broccoli soup, and even better, one that could be prepared in a slow cooker all day while I was at work. I also wanted a recipe for this soup that could be taken to family gatherings and other events.
The search lead me to uncovering the following recipes which works as either a main dish or as a complimentary vegetable side. Another major positive is how simple it is to confirt to a a vegetarian friendly dish by using vegetable broth instead of the recommended chicken broth. On the negative side, it is so amazing, that it is difficult to quit eating!
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/2 c. onion, diced
- 1 c. half and half
- 1 c. milk
- 1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 c. carrots, shredded
- 2 c. chicken broth, (can use vegetable broth if prefer)
- 1 lb. fresh broccoli, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a small pan, sautee the onion in the butter until tender.
- Onced tender, pour both the onion and remaining butter into the slow cooker.
- Add all ingredients into the slow cooker, except for the velvetta cheese. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
- Remove lid, add the velveeta, cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to cook an additional 30 minutes to one hour.
While this soup can be a side dish for any "comfort meal," it tastes good enough to be the main dish in any meal! When it is time to serve, this goes excellent with a simple bread (french or artisian) and having a little shredding cheese added to it! Another great option is to have a grilled cheese to the side with it!
As I have mentioned, this is perhaps my favorite recipe simply because of the broccoli. The tenderness and flavor are wonderful! The simplicity of this meal is only the "icing on the cake" if you will. I will say there are alternatives to how to prep this specific soup in order to create one that is more your preference. Some of the alternations I have discovered included: (1) replace chicken broth with vegetable broth; (2) if you do not have fresh broccoli, can utilize frozen broccoli; & (3) Instead of the velveeta, can use Campbell's Cheese soup! I am sure there are a ton of other things which you can try to experiment with, including adding other veggies into the soup, or even removing the onions and carrots. It is a matter of personal taste, yet this has proven to be my absolute favorite!