Broccoli Cheddar Soup {in your Crockpot}

DSC_0145 This is a delicious, simple soup that is full of broccoli and sharp cheddar cheese.  I decided to puree the soup with my immersion blender before I added the cheese but you could skip this step if you like a chunkier soup.  I added some splashes of sriracha and red pepper flakes for a little heat and diced bacon because bacon makes everything better.

What to buy (serves 4-5):

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 5-6 cups broccoli florets, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (or more to taste)
  • optional garnish: sriracha, raw broccoli florets, diced bacon

What to do:

  • melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat
  • add onions and saute until softened about 2-3 minutes
  • add garlic, flour and salt and pepper, stirring for another 2-3 minutes
  • whisk in heavy cream until mixture is smooth and begins to thicken
  • pour into crockpot and add chicken broth, diced broccoli and red pepper flakes
  • cover and cook on high heat for 2 to 3 hours or low heat for 5 to 6 hours
  • using an immersion blender (if you want a smoother texture,) puree soup until you reach your desired texture
  • turn to warm and stir in cheddar cheese, stirring to blend
  • season with salt and pepper to taste and serve warm with optional garnishes

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