Tonight I crafted my very first batch of broccoli cheddar soup. It was an exciting moment for me. I was inspired by Megan’s creation the other day and it seemed simple enough that I could recreate it myself!
I started off sautéing 1/2 an onion in a pot on the stove in a bit of butter.
Then I added 3 cans of mushroom soup to the onions and then 2 cups of cheese to that and let everything melt and come to a boil.
While the soup was getting its cheese on I steamed some veggies. Would you believe it if I told you this was my first steaming experience? I bought this steamer the other day and had no idea how to use it.
Side Note: I was steaming a few cups of broccoli, cauliflower and some carrots to add to the soup.
Back to my steaming experience – I added some water to the bottom of my Dutch oven and let everything steam, but then I wasn’t sure as to how to take everything out. There was a little metal rod in the middle of the contraption but I was freaking out a bit because I wasn’t sure if it would burn me.
Eventually Fiancé assured me that I would survive removing the steamer.
Out it came. Easy as pie. Or shall we say, easy as broccoli, cheddar, cauliflower soup!
Before adding the veggies to the soup mixture I whisked in 3 cups of milk to the soup to thicken it up a bit. Then I added the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots (oh my!).
I let everything simmer for a bit until it looked a little something like this.
Then I did a little His & Hers cali bowl action.
The soup turned out amazing. It was the perfect amount of creaminess with a little crunch from the steamed veggies.
I really liked this soup because broccoli cheddar soup has a bad rep and isn’t the healthiest option on the menu when you are looking for a soup. But if you make it at home you can substitute some ingredients for healthier choices and make the meal a little leaner!
I did this by adding more veggies, used fat free milk, a healthy butter alternative and fat free cheese. With these little changes, it was a meal that I didn’t have to feel guilty about and it tasted great!
With a side of bread.
Bread for dunking is necessary for any soup creation.
This is only the second soup I have ever made, the first one being a lovely butternut squash creation. I am very happy with how tonight’s dinner turned out. I am quite the soup maker, if I do say so myself! It was a lovely meal for a cold Winter night!
What is the best soup you have ever made? If you aren’t much of a soup maker, what is your favorite soup to enjoy?
Don’t forget to enter my Vonny Market Tote Giveaway!