This soup is essentially a lighter version of the classic broccoli cheddar soup.
I was a little under the weather when I made this soup. We did not have any cheddar and I reeeeeally didn’t want to go get any so…
I did without.
And guess what?
It was fine!
So never fear if you are out of cheese, you can still make this soup.
If this were a grilled cheese sandwich, not so much.
I’m going through a thyme phase.
I originally wrote that as ‘time’ without even thinking. Somebody please slap my wrist.
Anywho, I am indeed going through a thyme phase by adding it to EVERYTHING.
And you know what?
You really can’t go wrong with it.
And you know what else?
It’s the secret ingredient to this soup.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Broccoli, Cheddar, & Cannellini Bean Soup; adapted from Eating Well
3 garlic cloves, whole or roughly chopped
1 med/large onion, chopped
1 carton of chicken or vegetable broth
1 lb of broccoli crowns, trimmed and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 can Cannellini Beans
1 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1-2 T butter
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk or half n half, optional
Melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a large pot on medium heat. Add the onions & garlic and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Next, add the chicken or vegetable broth and thyme, cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the broccoli and cover, let steam for 10 minutes or just until the broccoli has become tender. Transfer half of the soup and half of the cheese to a blender and puree to the texture you like. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the other half of the soup & cheese. Once all of the soup has been pureed, return it to the pot. Add salt & pepper to taste and the milk or half n half, if adding. Heat the soup for another minute or two if needed.
Note: While the soup looks super smooth in this picture. I will tell you that right below that silky surface is texture. And lots of it. You can puree on a higher speed to get it a little more smooth. It may be hard with the broccoli but I purposefully left some texture.
Serve it with crackers, croutons, or a grilled cheese sandwich… if you have cheese.