Thursday, January 22, 2009

Broccoli Cheese Soup To Warm You Up!

Linking up with Vanessa of Southern in My Heart and Heather at Gourmet Meals for Less for The Sisters Soup Exchange!

Is it cold where you live? Are your craving warm comfort food? Then this fits the bill!

We are making Broccoli Cheese Soup today. Gather your ingredients..

To serve 6 you will need:

6 Tablespoons butter, divided
2 pounds fresh broccoli, stems and florets separated
1 Medium Onions chopped
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1 teaspoon of fresh or 1/2 teaspoons of dried Tarragon
5 Cups chicken stock
1 Cup Whipping Cream
4 Slices of Bacon Cooked and Crumbled
1 Ripe Tomato seeded and chopped
2 - 1/2 cups cheese separated

Ok...Separate the stems from the florets. Set the florets aside and chopped the stems. Chop the onion. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pan. Add the chopped broccoli stems and onions and saute for about 6 minutes over medium heat, stirring often. Add chopped garlic and tarragon and saute one minute. Add chicken stock and florets, bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Stir in cream.

Melt 3 tablespoons butter and add 3 tablespoons flour.

Wisk until smooth then whisk into stock. Turn heat up to medium and cook while constantly stirring for about 3 minutes until stock thickens.

Remove from heat and add shredded cheese, stirring until smooth. Spoon into bowls or mugs and top with remaining shredded cheese, chopped tomato and crumbled bacon. Serve with a crisp salad and crusty rolls.

Welcome Home,


  1. I love broccoli cheese soup will try this later, fiona

  2. YUM! Thanks for that recipe! Stay warm sister!~Tam:D

  3. oh yum...i know its only 7 am, but that sounds so good!

  4. Sounds and looks so delicious...
    I love this song playing..the movie was sooo good and it always makes me a little sad when I hear this one. and happy, too, knowing G. Miller found his dream sound...

  5. Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe, Penny!

  6. I'm so glad you shared this, Penny! This is one of my favorite soups! I eat it at Panera every time I go there. :-)



  7. That sounds so delicious. I absolutely love broccoli cheese soup.

  8. I just discovered your blog and love it. I just started my blog. We are both "Penny" and are in the same neck of the woods.

  9. This sounds perfect for dinner tonight! Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Yum!! Perfect for a cold winter day!!
    kari & kijsa

  11. Mmmm, this sounds like a great recipe, I am snagging it to try it. Thanks for stopping by and I glad I gave you a giggle! Have a great day!

  12. Broccoli soup is one of my hubby's favorite and I love the cheese in this!

  13. That looks so good! Yes, it's cold here but we're getting a rest from it today. Bright and sunny, and supposed to get in the 60s!

    I made potato soup last night and it was a hit.

  14. Penny, Yes it is cold here. Around 32 degrees. I will have to try that soup. It looks delicious. We made Taco soup the other day. It was very good. We froze a lot of it for another cold day!

    Lee Laurie

  15. wow !!! now I am officially starving :)

    I just got back from Elyse's blog with PBJ, and now its you with gourmet looking soup! :)

    Penny, This looks delicious and just what I need today! WARM food :)what a gorgeous recipe!! and oh sooooooo yummy looking too!

    Hugs, Cynthia

  16. Yum! This definitely looks comforting. :)

  17. Penny,

    That looks wonderful for a cold day. I will be making it soon.

    I love your birds you painted. What a great idea!


  18. Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to give that a try.

  19. Hey Penny; Your soup sounds and looks so yummy. We are having lots of very cold weather here, so you soup would go great. The salad and crusty rolls sound wonderful too.

    Thanks for the recipe;


  20. Oh, that looks so good, I never would have thought to add some chopped tomatoes on top...the husband loves his tomatoes....

  21. Penny, it's not cold where I am, but the soup looks pretty good. Thanks for the recipe, and stay warm!

  22. Hi Penny,
    Thanks for your visit to my blog. It's always nice to meet someone new and I see we live in the same state too. Your soup looks delicious and the perfect meal for these cold days.

    I have visited your other blog and must say I greatly admire the beautiful mosaic work that you do. I will be back to visit again.


  23. We LOVE soup and this one is a favorite. I just copied your recipe and think I will try it this weekend!
    Hope all is well...I am still catching up!! Thinking about you!
    Now, you want to hear a shock? Bill asked me if I really wanted to go to Chicago to see Brian's play...we are watching the budget and he said if we go now, I might have to forgo the trip to NC laterthis year. I said I would rather go to NC and to see YOU than Brian! You see how much I adore YOU!? *smile*


  24. Thanks for this great recipe! Sounds perfect for this time of year!

  25. Oh boy Penny, that was delicious. Mmmm. Yummy and I definitely will make that. I copied the recipe. Thank you.

  26. My goodness Penny! You made me hungry and it's time to go to bed! LOL! Thanks for the recipe! Will be making this soon! Yum!


  27. Yumm, I love this soup when I get it from Panera so I'll have to try it.


  28. Hi Penny,

    Thank you for the yummy recipe - just what I needed as we are having cold rain in California (cold for us is 60 degrees) and the perfect weather for "comfort food".
    Love your new color - it fits you very well.
    Hugs and Blessings,

  29. THat looks so good....

    I love broccoli, I eat it like candy...


  30. Oh my gosh! I am so totally making that this weekend! It's supposed to be chilly here in Texas over the weekend. 70's today, but cold this weekend.
    Yum! Thanks for sharing.

  31. I make a reasonably good cream of broccoli soup but... oh my... a recipe that incorporates whipping cream? How can I pass this one up? Will be featured at our house soon.


  32. Oh, Penny! I love this soup and will have to copy your recipe and try it! I'm getting hungry as I type.
    Oh, how I love your header - the red cabinet, your rooster and all your pretties on top. Maybe we could make a trade between roosters! lol
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  33. Hi Penny
    Oh this recipe looks very very delicious..well the pictures do and the recipes too!
    I love brocolli soup but I've never made it with cheese. I am going to remember and try it very soon...its been quite cold lately.
    hope you are keeping well and warm too.
    have a lovely evening.

  34. Isn't this just PERFECT for the cold weather most everyone has been having over the past week or so?! It sounds so delicious, Penny...and looks so appetizing in the pretty red mug. :-) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  35. It looks too good to eat. The picture is perfect. I am a big broccoli fan!

  36. Yum, I'll be making that come winter! Rachaelxo

  37. Oh Yum!!!!
    Thank you for the recipe!

    Hope you have a wonderful Saturday Penny!!!!

  38. Yummy I think I will make this tonight! My daughter said she wanted cream of broccoli soup last night!

  39. Hi Penny, I'm going to have my husband the chef make this one and probably kick it up a notch. He's a super great cook...I'm very fortunate!

  40. Mmm...Broccoli and cheddar soup is my favorite. I'm sure it was delicious. I saw 2 pileated woodpeckers on Saturday but couldn't zoom close enough to get a good picture. It is such a treat to see them isn't it?
    Hugs, Rhondi

  41. I made you soup tonight and boy it was soooo good! I ate way too much of it!!! Thanks for the recipe, I'll be making it again and again!

  42. Yummy! Glad I didn't miss this post --I love soup!

  43. So delicious sounding. I've never made my own broccoli cheese soup.

  44. Hi Penny, dropping by from Vanessa's, soup exchange. Sounds really tasty. So glad you linked up so I could find you.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe with us and I'll be dropping back by to visit more often.
    Karen from PLACES OF MY HEART.

  45. Hi Penny! Thank you so much for joining the party this weekend! This is hands down one of my all-time favorite soups and is so perfect for these cooler days. It has "Comfort" written all over it! I told my sister that this had the potential to feel like more of a "real" party with it being a little smaller than most and all of us really getting a chance to visit each other! Thanks for being apart of it!

  46. Hi Penny! I'm with Vanessa, this soup ranks up with my all time favorites. There is just something so comforting about a soup with cheese in it. lol I am loving all of these great soup recipes.
    Thanks so much for joining our Souper Sister Saturday. If you'd like, feel free to link up over at my site as well! Whole different set of readers who I'm sure would love this great recipe!

    Heather@ Gourmet Meals for Less (Vanessa's sister and the other half of Souper Sister Saturday)

  47. That looks so good!! I love anything with cheese!!! :) Found you at the Soup exchange!!

  48. Mmmmm. One of my favorites!
    Could you use milk instead of cream?

  49. Hi Penny, I can't wait to make this soup. I had a lunch with a friend to day and I ordered this soup at Panera. I know your recipe is MUCH better than what I had. Theirs is pre-packaged....
    ~ Sue

  50. Yummy! I will be trying this one, thanks for sharing!