Ellen Bales


This soup tastes absolutely heavenly; hence the name! I needed to use up some broccoli and some potatoes so I created this and I think I have found a real winner.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This hearty, creamy soup will be a hit whenever served. The Test Kitchen loved the addition of broccoli, elevating this from a traditional potato soup. The flavors are balanced wonderfully and the cheese adds the perfect creaminess. The smokey bacon on top provides a final pop of flavor. We did add an additional 1/2 cup of chicken broth to thin the soup out as we originally thought it was a bit thick. Overall, this is delicious!


3 c
fresh or frozen broccoli florets
2 large
potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1 small
onion, chopped
2 clove
garlic, minced
2 c
chicken broth
2 c
half and half
1/2 to 1 tsp
salt, as desired
1/4 tsp
1 pinch
summer savory
1 pinch
thyme, dried
1/8 tsp
1/4 tsp
worcestershire sauce
2 c
shredded triple cheddar with a touch of Philadelphia
6 slice
bacon, cooked and crumbled
croutons for garnish, if desired


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1In separate saucepans, cook the potatoes and broccoli in boiling salted water, covered, until tender, about 10 minutes for each; drain and set aside.

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2Meanwhile, saute the onion in butter until tender, then add the garlic. When the garlic becomes aromatic, after about 1 to 2 minutes, stir in the flour and blend well. Gradually add the chicken broth and half and half, stirring constantly until it begins to get thick. If it gets too thick, add a little more liquid. Remember, the cheese will add thickness as well.

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3Stir in seasonings and the cheese, heating over low heat. When the cheese is melted, add the potatoes and broccoli.

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4Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp; drain and crumble. Add bacon to the soup and stir thoroughly.

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5Ladle the soup into bowls; garnish with croutons and bacon bits.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cream Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Collection: Soup's On!