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favorite broccoli cheese soup with ham & potato!

a recipe by
Judith M Cavanaugh
South Lyon, MI

So today here in Michigan, we are getting slammed with a big snowstorm. First snow day for the kiddos home from school - and what’s a better thing to do than make a delicious and comforting, creamy, broccoli cheese soup? I add savory cubes of ham to make it a meal - even my picky husband loves this! I know you will, too!

serves 6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For favorite broccoli cheese soup with ham & potato!

  • 2 c
    broccoli, fresh, chopped
  • 1
    sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 md
    carrots, peeled & shredded
  • 2
    celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 cup
    heavy cream (or milk of choice)
  • 32oz box
    chicken stock (or broth)
  • 8oz
    ham, cubed
  • 1 large
    potato, peeled & cubed
  • 1 & 1/2 c
    sharp cheddar cheese, shredded from a block of cheese
  • 1/2 c
    swiss cheese, shredded from a block
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp
    nutmeg (optional)

How To Make favorite broccoli cheese soup with ham & potato!

  • 1
    Pre-chop and measure out all ingredients to have them ready.
  • 2
    In stock pot, melt butter.
  • 3
    Sauté onions, celery, carrots until soft. Add in broccoli, stirring until it is partially cooked. (Maybe 5 minutes.) Add ham cubes, garlic and thyme. Stir and sauté a few minutes more.
  • 4
    Sprinkle in flour and whisk in 1 cup of the chicken stock and all the heavy cream.
  • 5
    Add remaining 3 cups of chicken stock, stir ‘til blended.
  • 6
    Add potato cubes. Simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes and broccoli are tender.
  • 7
    At this point I remove about 2 cups of the vegetables and set them aside while I blend the soup remaining in the pot using an immersion stick blender until it thickens up a bit. Return the (removed) vegetables/ham to the soup pot.
  • 8
    Add cheeses, stirring until melted.
  • 9
    Add salt & pepper to taste and the nutmeg, if desired. (It adds more richness!)
  • 10
    Serve topped with extra shredded cheese and enjoy with a slice of crusty bread, crackers, croutons, or in a bread bowl along with a nice tossed salad! (Instead of ham, it’s delicious with leftover rotisserie chicken!)

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