Broccoli and Cheese Soup
2-3 broccoli heads, coarsely chop off the florets
9 c. water
5-6 Tbsp. bouillon granules (chicken or vegetable)
1-2 TBSP butter
1 onion, finely chopped in food processor
1 c. flour
2 c. half & half
salt and pepper (to taste)
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese (DON’T use pre-shredded. That stuff is coated with starch and will make your soup grainy and gross.).
16 oz Velveeta (half of the big block)
In a large pot over medium heat, bring water to a boil and add bouillon granules and broccoli, reduce heat and simmer broccoli for about 10 minutes. In a separate skillet over medium heat, melt the butter, add the onions and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the flour to the onions and stir well, forming a thick paste(Might want to use a whisk to make sure there’s no clumps).
Gradually add the cream and stir until thick Add this mixture to the broccoli mixture in the pot and stir well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add shredded cheese and Velveeta, stirring until melted. (Tip for cheesy soups: do NOT let it boil! This will break down the cheese and it will become grainy. Just keep it on a low heat until the cheese is melted, then serve!)