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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Comfort Food: Cheddar Cheese Potage

Today I'm following another writing prompt offered by Mama Kat.

Prompt: Comfort food at it's finest. Share a family favorite recipe you loved as a child.

I don't know how much 'writing' is involved in this week's prompt, but after reading it I immediately thought of a recipe that I wanted to share with you all. My mother's broccoli cheese soup always made me feel cozy and warm on a cold day. I know it's spring and probably warm where most of you are, but today in Coldland it is cloudy, windy and a little chilly. The perfect day for mom's soothing soup!

Cheddar Cheese Potage

Source: http://friendseat.com/Gluten-Free-Broccoli-Cheese-Soup-Recipe

By: Cookie's Mom's Mama

A very cheesy and delicious soup. Mince the onions very finely if serving to kids. They'll LOVE it!

Total Preparation Time: less than 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 15 to 30 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6
Special Features: quick to prepare (under 30 minutes), kids love it, can be made ahead

  • 1/2 bunch Broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 cup Onion, chopped
  • 4 tsp Chicken bouillon
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Dry mustard
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese

  • Steam (cook) broccoli and set aside.
  • Melt butter (or substitute oil) in large pan. Saute onions.
  • Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Gradually add and blend in milk and water.
  • Add to pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until soup boils and thickens.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese to melt. Stir in broccoli and serve. Garnish with a spoonful of grated cheese.

Cook's Notes

You can even use skim milk (or other milk such as rice or almond) to reduce the fat in this recipe, since it's so rich and cheesy! If you want to replace the chicken bouillon, use 2 cups of chicken stock instead of the water, and salt to taste.

Serve with crusty rolls and butter. Mmm.... soothing and delicious!


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  1. All the cheese in this looks wonderful. I love that a vegetable sneaks into this dish too.

  2. My grandma always made this for me and my sisters (she used velveeta I think) and it has such a special place in my heart. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  3. JDaniel4's Mom, I agree. We leave some of the broccoli chunks in the soup, but you can easily 'hide' them by blending the soup before adding the cheese.

    K, you're welcome. It brings back such wonderful memories for me as well.

  4. You had me at cheese!

  5. This looks delicious! I am definitely going to give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing - I am your newest follower from Fledgling Friday hop.


  6. Thanks Jeannette! Visited you and followed you too. You have a lovely family!

  7. We had cheddar broccoli soup for the first time recently - yummy:)

    Thanks for sharing - visiting from Voiceboks:)

  8. Thanks for visiting, Kristina! Love your blog (following you).

  9. I can add my voice and vouch for this soup - one of my favourite memories too Sue! And now it is Sarah's favourite soup too - I think it is the first thing she learned to "cook". Sigh.
    p.s. 25 followers!!!!!You rock Sue!

  10. Oh yum! I am so hungry right now, and came to just the right place:) I will definitely try this recipe, because I love soups. Great to find you through VoiceBoks...

  11. I haven't had that in years and I have all the ingredients!! How lucky is that?! Thank you for sharing it and reminding me of a great soup.

    Following you from VoiceBoks!~Lisa
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  12. Thank-you Courtney, Betina and Lisa! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. Following both of your blogs! I'll stop by shortly for a visit.

  13. Oh yum! That sounds so good. My husband won't eat soup so I would get this all to myself ;)

    Thanks for linking this one up for Fledgling Friday!

  14. I didn't have a real soup for a long time, the only soup I'm having sometimes is instant noodle soup because it's late at night and I'm hungry. But this recipe sounds so yummy, I might give it a try.

    You have a beautiful background picture. It reminds me of my home country.
    Found you on Fledgling Friday.

  15. Thanks for hosting Feldgling Friday, Robin.

    New bloggers, if you haven't already done so, check out Robin's Fledgling Friday link up: http://farewellstranger.com/category/fledgling-fridays/
    Find new followers and some new great blogs to follow!

  16. Thanks Mommy in Paradise! Visited your blog - love the layout and pictures!

    We do have some beautiful country here, but, my-oh-my, you are living in a beautiful place yourself!

  17. That sounds yummy!! I may have to try it one day. Sounds like yummy comfort food and god knows I love comfort food!!

    Oh by the way I found you on VB ;) Welcome !!


  18. Thanks for visiting, Kirsten. Following your Bowtique blog!

  19. Oh. Yum. YUMMMMM! It is full-on summer here and hot as can be, but this sounds so good I want to make it this instant! :D I just happen to have ALL ingredients on hand so this is what's for dinner tonight. Thanks!

  20. Enjoy it Mandi! Just serve it with a nice bottle of chilled white wine and you'll be fine! :)

  21. I'm stopping by from Foodie Friday. I really like broccoli cheese soup. It's so tasty. I'm participating with a banana ice cream recipe to beat the heat we are all having this summer. I hope you'll stop by. :-) Have a great day.

  22. Oh my! This looks like it could be really soothing and yummy for my tummy! Mmmm... I will definitely have to try!

  23. Thanks for stopping by, Joy! I visited you a little earlier today. I'm excited to find new recipes through the Foodie Friday hop!

    Lexie, I hope you enjoy it. It's one of my go-to comfort foods on a cold or rainy day!

  24. Love the Foodie Friday hop! ;) So I commented on this awhile back and said I was making it for dinner. And I did! It was simply amazing and exactly what I wanted! It didn't last long in this family. :D


  25. Mandi, I'm glad you all enjoyed it! :)

  26. Great recipe. My hubs would love this.Out hopping, late but here. Lol!

  27. Thanks for hopping by, Kim. I hope your hubs enjoys the soup! Mine definitely does.

  28. hi cookies mom, i simply love your blog, its so creatively presented..
    the cheddar potage looks very delicious, looking at the beautifully photographed image above.
    glad i blog walk tou your site, do visit mine, would love to read a comment from you too