Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Slow Cooker Soup: Broccoli Cheddar Soup:

I consider Broccoli Cheddar Soup comfort food gone healthy (sorta). There is always soup in the refrigerator at my house and this soup is a frequent visitor!

Very rich and chocked full of good for you veggies.
The secret to great slow cooker soup is a little extra prep work (oh, oops… is that a bad word in crockpotville?). One could throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and forget it OR give the soup a little attention and get soup that tastes like you fussed all day! Come on, what are you waiting for? Just do it,  it’s worth the effort!

I made this soup as a birthday gift for my dear friend Donna. (Remember, food = love)Recently widowed and with children who are young adults, she has had a rough and stressful year. So I wanted to do something that would impact her life in a tangible way.
I n a pretty insulated lunch bag, I tucked a homemade certificate for membership in “The Soup Of The Month Club”.Every month for 1 year, I will make her a large pot of soup. I make enough so she can eat some and freeze a lot more. This month’s soup was Broccoli Cheddar.

Recipe:

6 cups fresh broccoli

1 large onion, chopped

1 large garlic clove, pressed or finely chopped

1 cup shredded carrots

4 cups chicken stock

¼ cup flour

2 cups whole milk ( or half and half, or a combo of both)

4 cups very sharp cheddar cheese,  1/2 cup reserved

Pancetta, 6-8 thin slices ( can also use bacon)

Wash and trim broccoli. Do not use tough ends. Rough cut and put in slow cooker.

In a large frying pan, heat cooking oil and add onions. Cook onions on medium low heat until soft. Add a healthy pinch of salt. Add shredded carrots and continue to cook for 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 additional minute. Add to slow cooker.

Add chicken stock, pepper, and only if using low sodium stock, 1/2 tsp salt. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Remove 2 cups of cooked vegetables (mostly broccoli) and chop into small pieces, reserve.

In a bowl, mix flour and milk with a whisk. (I use a large jar with a lid and shake) Add to slow cooker. Grate a little nutmeg (1/8 tsp) and add. Cook on high for 30-45 minutes until thickend. Replace lid and keep closed.

Add cheddar cheese and continue to cook until melted. Replace lid and keep closed.

Using emulsifying blender, blend soup until smooth. You can also use a standard blender and blend in batches. This will make the soup thicker and creamy. Add reserved chopped broccoli and stir.

Shred pancetta and cook in a frying pan until crisp.

To Serve:

Ladle soup into bowls and top with additional cheddar cheese and pancetta. Serve with garlic bread or any crusty bread.

Options:

*Add cooked diced chicken when adding cheese.
* Add sweet or spicy cooked italian sausage.
* Add hot cooked rice to the bowl just before spooning in the soup.
*Top with croutons instead of pancetta.

Donna was so happy when I gave her this soup. I’m not sure what she likes more, the soup or being surprised by what kind of soup I’ll make for her!

So far I have made Roasted Corn Chowder, French Onion and now Broccoli Cheddar. November’s soup will be Pumpkin Squash and Carrot….but…..shhhhhh don’t tell her- it’s a SURPRISE!

I am joining Debbie @ Dining with Debbie for Crock Pot Wednesday… the recipes look great!
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Comments

  1. says

    Growing up in Mamma Rosa’s Kitchen, I certainly have learned that Food=Love. Now Mamma is 84 and still giving all her love in scrumptious dishes. I would come home late at night starving from spending hours upon hours at the hospital with my father and when I arrived at Mamma’s she would have something like a pot of chicken soup with pastina ready for me on the stove. I don’t know how she still does it.

    What you have offered this person is a gift like no other. What an amazing idea. She is lucky to have someone as special as you in her life. I will lift her up in prayer this evening. And thank you on your kind words about my father who is ill. Please come visit often.

  2. says

    I am totally stealing your soup of the month club idea for my recently widowed friend too! I also love having the step by step pics. You are delightful and I cant wait to visit the rest of the blog which I am off to do now!

  3. says

    I have a recipe for this soup that is similar to yours except I don’t make it in a crock pot. But either way, it is sure to be delicious! And what a wonderful act of love and kindness to make soups for your friend! She is very fortunate to have you for a friend! :)

  4. says

    This soup looks delicious. I’m a nut for soup in the fall and winter, so will add this to my group of soups. The little hint of nutmeg is a surprise and I can’t wait to try it.

  5. says

    You are a gem for thinking of something so special for your friend! The soup sounds so good that I will be trying it one of these cold, winter days. Thanks for sharing.

  6. says

    This soup looks wonderful and I gotta try it! The crockpot makes it that much easier for me!Love the touch of nutmeg.
    How sweet to do the soup of the month club. I thought about 12 months of dessert for a Christmas present but never did do it. Soup is great!

  7. says

    What a thoughtful and loving thing to do for a friend. Your soup sounds delicious….the crockpot must definitely come out of the cupboard….I said that, didn’t I? Okay, for real it must come out of the cupboard!

  8. says

    You are such a kind and thoughtful friend! What a wonderful idea! I love it! This soup would be a big hit here so I will try it soon! YOu need to publish a cookbook!!!!!!! It would be a best seller, I am sure. XO, Pinky

  9. says

    This looks really good. What about that bread that you have in the pictures? Do you have a recipe for that too? It looks equally delicious.

  10. Anonymous says

    This is probably a stupid question, but you mentioned you freeze some of this for your friend. Do you just make this recipe exactly as is then freeze in freezer bags or something? Or do you freeze it uncooked then she puts it in her slow cooker? Thank you!

  11. Mike D says

    This soup was amazing, I made a half batch the other day using veg stock and Half&Half. I liked it so much, I’m making a full batch today.

  12. says

    Could you please attach a doc of the recipe without the loads of pictures? Its hard to make when 90% of the page you have to skip past to find the next step.

  13. Carol D. says

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe but thank you even more for the wonderful Soup of the Month Club! My FIL passed away in November in another state and I have been wondering what I could do to help my MIL as she struggles to fill her days…what a great treat to brighten her day….although I won’t be mailing soup, I do plan to mail a “treat of the month”…..l am a new reader and love reading your blog!

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