Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with our Loaded Broccoli, Cheese, and Potato Soup. This recipe transforms simple ingredients into a thick, chowder-like delight, brimming with hearty vegetables and rich cheese. It’s perfect for chilly evenings or when you’re craving something deeply satisfying and nourishing. This soup isn’t just a meal; it’s a warm hug in a bowl, promising to delight your taste buds and soothe your soul with each spoonful.
- 2 cans (14.5 oz each) chicken broth
- 2-3 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 small heads broccoli, diced
- 3 Tbsp butter
- ⅓ cup flour
- 3½ – 4 cups milk
- 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic pepper
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- In a large pot, combine chicken broth, carrots, potatoes, and onion powder.
- Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add broccoli, cover, and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
4. How to Prepare
- In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
- Whisk in flour and cook until golden brown.
- Gradually whisk in milk, cooking for 5 minutes until thick.
- Add cheese, stirring until melted. Season with salt and garlic pepper.
- Pour cheese sauce into the pot, stirring well.
- Adjust thickness with additional milk, if desired. Season to taste.
5. Preparation Time
- Total Time: Approximately 40 minutes
- Cooking Time: 30 minutes
- Preparation Time: 10 minutes
- Serves 6-8 people
Q: Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth? A: Absolutely! Vegetable broth is a great alternative for a vegetarian version.
Q: How can I make this soup gluten-free? A: Use a gluten-free flour blend for thickening or a cornstarch slurry.
Q: Can I freeze this soup? A: Yes, though the texture may change slightly upon reheating.
Q: What other cheeses can I use? A: Gouda, Monterey Jack, or a blend can add different flavors.
Q: How can I add more protein to this soup? A: Consider adding cooked, diced chicken or turkey for extra protein.
Our Loaded Broccoli, Cheese, and Potato Soup is more than just a recipe; it’s a journey into the heart of home cooking. Each spoonful is packed with the goodness of fresh vegetables, creamy cheese, and a hint of smoky bacon. It’s a versatile dish, easily adaptable to various dietary needs, and a perfect candidate for batch cooking or a comforting meal for a family gathering. Embrace the simplicity and richness of this soup and let it warm your heart and home.