Cream of Broccoli Soup

December 16, 2008 at 9:22 pm | Posted in soup, Yummy Veggies | 3 Comments

Our winters are cold.  I absolutely hate them.  The bad thing is that it’s just now getting to the cold point.  Ugh.  I am constantly in the mood for a bowl of steaming hot soup on these dark, windy, cold nights and I hadn’t made this one in a long time so I decided to have it last week.  This is something that 10 years ago you couldn’t have paid me to eat it -you still cant’ pay anyone in my house to eat it besides me so this is definitely a “me” recipe.  🙂  I’m the only broccoli lover in my house.  I got this recipe from a friend’s mom in college but I’m not sure the original source.  Anyway…here you go!

Ingredients

– Broccoli (fresh tastes best but I used frozen this time)

– Butter (8oz or 16 tablespoons) (WOW!!!)

– 1 cup of flour

-4 cups of chicken broth

-1 pint of half and half

-1 tsp salt

– 1/4 tsp white pepper

– 1.5 cups of skim milk

Directions

Cut broccoli into 1/2 inch pieces removing the stems (unless you like them  if you do, you can throw them in).  Steam until tender.  Do not drain – set aside

-Melt butter in pot over medium heat.  Add flour to make a roux.  Cook for 2-4 minutes stirring constantly as to not burn.  Add broth while sitrring with a wire whisk and bring to a boil. 

-Turn heat to low.  Add broccoli, half and half, salt, and pepper.  Heat but do not boil 

Mrs. Pig Rating:  This soup was just as yummy as I remembered it!!  I love broccoli so I love this one.  It’s so creamy and yummy on a cold winter night!  🙂

White Chili

October 22, 2008 at 12:35 am | Posted in Chicken, soup | 4 Comments

We looove chili in our house – Tommy does, I do, and the kids do.  I have been in a soup mood lately with the weather getting more fall like and Tommy isn’t a soup person so I wanted to find something that I thought he would like.  I decided I would go with white chili.  He loves spicy stuff and he loves chili so why not?!  I found this recipe on allrecipes.com that had a ton of great reviews so I thought I would give it a shot. 

This is quite possibly the sickest picture I have ever taken and put on this blog, but it is what it is.  I apologize.  LOL

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers (I forgot to buy these so I omitted)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (I halved this)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (I used two cups)
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans white beans
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly cook and stir the onion until tender. Mix in the garlic, jalapeno, green chile peppers, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until tender, about 3 minutes. Mix in the chicken broth, chicken and white beans. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. (I simmered for about 30 minutes)
  2. Remove the mixture from heat. Slowly stir in the cheese until melted. Serve warm. I added about a tablespoon of fresh salsa to mine.  I served this with Multi Grain tortilla chips.

Mrs. Pig Rating – I REALLY liked this recipe.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was the perfect amount of spiciness for us.  I loved this with the tortilla chips.  I froze half the batch for later since it’s just the two of us.  I am sure it will make for yummy leftovers!  Definitely a keeper.  This will be fab in the cold winter coming!

Pig Rating:  The pig really liked this one as well – score!  He put crackers in his instead of the chips.  He said it tasted similar to regular chili – I disagree, but whatever.  LOL  He definitely said keep this one!

Broccoli, Potato, & Cheddar Cheese Soup

October 23, 2007 at 11:34 pm | Posted in potatoes, soup | 1 Comment

My friend Nikki gave this recipe to our friend Clara as one of her first “cooking dinner for my husband” recipes. Clara said it was awesome and of course Nikki likes it, so I had to make it. What could be better than loads of cheese and potatoes??? YUM! It has been such a cold, rainy, icky day today so I am glad that it was on the menu for tonight’s dinner!!

Recipe taken directly from Nikki’s blog: http://crazydeliciousfood.wordpress.com/

Ingredients

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 cans chicken broth (the regular soup size cans)

2 cups broccoli florets chopped (I usually just use frozen broccoli … I heat it for a minute so I can cut it, then I chop it up)

1 1/4 cups milk

8 oz of shredded cheddar cheese

3 peeled and cubed potatoes
you can also top with cooked bacon and green onions (I usually skip the onions, but the bacon is good)

Directions

Mix 1/3rd cup of chicken broth with the 1/4 cup of flour until smooth and set aside
Combine remaining chicken broth, potatoes and broccoli in a pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Cook for 8 mins or until potatoes are tender. (now here I usually wing it and just leave it uncovered and let it cook until the potatoes are soft … you will need to taste test here so pay attention. Also sometimes I put a few more potatoes and/or broccoli in so I make sure that the broth covers them and if I use more I throw a little bit more milk in …. not half a gallon)
Then you’re going to gradually stir in the flour mixture from step 1 and cook for another 3-5 mins
Then stir in the milk and cheddar cheese. Stir constantly until the cheese is melted and your done.
When you serve it put a little bit of cheese on top and break up a piece of bacon

The only things that I changed – I was out of broccoli so I skipped that but next time I will use it. Also no onions on ours.

Pig Rating: He said “It’s good.” He isn’t a huge soup fan, but he did clean his bowl and he seemed to like it pretty well.

Mrs. Pig Rating: I really liked this a lot!! I love potatoes and cheese…a goody for cold rainy evening for sure!

Recipe from Nikki’s blog, picture from our kitchen!

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