This seems like the perfect recipe to share today. Here in Michigan we expected to get hit hard by a winter storm. This soup is hearty and will warm you up no matter what state you live in.
A couple of variations could be: 1. I used a hot pepper cheese, but I think any kind of cheddar or combination of your favorite cheeses would work well. 2. I used a smoked applewood thick cut bacon, but a peppered bacon, or pancetta might be nice. 3. If you have some wonderful chicken stock, that would be perfect. If you are like me than you can use a wonderful product. Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base. I love this stuff!! Also, you could use a vegetable broth.
For those meat free-ers, just omit that step. Make sure if you don’t have some bacon grease to brown the vegetables, use 2 TBSP. of olive oil.
Stay warm and safe.
Enjoy and Happy cooking,
3 slices Thick Bacon, Cut Into 1/2-inch Pieces
1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
3 whole Carrots, Scrubbed Clean And Diced
3 stalks Celery, Diced
3 whole medium Idaho Potatoes, Peeled And Diced
2 cups of broccoli, chopped (fresh or frozen)
6 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
2 cups Milk
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 cups grated cheese of your choice
1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste (optional)
Pepper To Taste
Add bacon pieces to a soup pot over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove the bacon from the pot and set it aside. Pour off all but 2 TBSP. of grease, and do not clean the pot.
Return the hot to medium-high heat and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook for 2 minutes or so, then add the diced potatoes and broccoli. Cook for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper.
Pour in the broth and bring it to a gentle boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are starting to get tender. Whisk together the flour and the milk, then pour into the soup and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.
Remove 1/2 the soup and blend in a blender,food processor, or large bowl that you can use your immersion blender and blend until completely smooth. (Remember if you are using your blender, DO NOT PUT THE LID ON!! Pour it back into the soup pot and stir to combine. Stir in grated cheese, cream, and bacon. Stir until everything is combined and melted.