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Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup with Focaccia Croutons


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  • Author: KJ & Company
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x

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Description

Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup with Focaccia Croutons is a comforting bowl of two classic soups combined! A creamy, cheddar cheese base is loaded full of broccoli florets and cubed potatoes. Topped with buttery, homemade focaccia croutons, this soup will warm you from the inside out!


Ingredients

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For the soup:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 64 oz chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 5 cups Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 12 oz processed cheese, such as Velveeta
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

For the croutons:

  • 4 cups focaccia bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

For the soup:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in the bottom of a large pot. Add in the onion and garlic and lightly sauté for a couple minutes, avoiding any browning. Add in the flour and stir to create a roux.
  2. Pour in the half and half and stir to combine. Add in the chicken stock, potatoes and broccoli florets and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to low once it reaches a low boil and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add in the Velveeta and sour cream and stir to combine. Allow to simmer for another 10-15 minutes, or until the soup has thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the croutons:

  1. Toss together the cubed focaccia and olive oil together on a baking sheet. Broil for a couple minutes on each side, or until the croutons are golden brown. Serve the soup with the croutons and shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

 

Notes

  • Make this soup vegetarian by subbing in vegetable stock for the chicken stock.
  • Yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes work great for this recipe.
  • Cool the soup before storing the leftovers in the refrigerator. The leftovers re-heat very nicely!
  • The croutons can also be stored in a cool, dry space once completely cooled.
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