Saturday, January 11, 2014

Warm Up With a Bowl of My Hearty Broccoli Soup!

The colder it becomes, the more you appreciate a hot bowl of homemade soup.  The recipe that I want to share with you is satisfying enough to serve as a simple meal along with a thick slice of French bread, a salad and a vegetable.   

My Hearty Broccoli Soup has a velvety cream base enriched with chopped ham, cheese, and lightly seasoned with nutmeg and parsley that is delicious and a sure way to warm the family up with its rich goodness.

This is the perfect soup to have on hand in the winter.   After that bone-chilling blast of Arctic weather we had just had last week, this is a great, easy recipe to make.  I do hope you try it sometime.  After all, we still have many more weeks of winter to go.  This soup can come in handy!

My Hearty Broccoli Soup

3 cups of milk
3 packages of frozen broccoli (10-oz. size)
1 cup of cooked ham, cooked in small pieces
1/2 pound of grated Cheddar cheese (any variety) or Swiss cheese
2 cups of chicken broth
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 cup of light cream or half-and-half
1/4 cup margarine (not spread) or butter
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon of dried parsley flakes

Cook the broccoli in one half of the chicken broth.  Make sure to cover the broccoli while cooking.

Take the broccoli when tender off the heat and finely chop it.  Set aside.

Next, add the rest of the chicken broth, milk, cream, ham, nutmeg, parsley, and salt to your pot.

Bring those ingredients to a boil, then stir in the grated cheese, broccoli, margarine to melt and thoroughly combine.

ENJOY!

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