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Broccoli Cheddar Pumpkin Soup

When all these ingredients combine, you get the perfect Fall soup. It’s cheesy (hello, sharp Cheddar!), a bit healthy (there IS a ton of broccoli), a hint of pumpkin flavor (without the hassle of cooking an actual pumpkin) and don’t forget some bread for dipping.

 

Broccoli Cheddar Pumpkin Soup

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Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil
  • tablespoons  butter
  • small white onion, diced
  • carrot, diced
  • 1/4  cup  all-purpose flour
  • cups  whole milk
  • cups  chicken broth
  • One 12 ounce  pumpkin beer
  • cups  shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for serving
  • bay leaves
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4  teaspoon  cayenne, or more to taste
  • large pinch kosher salt and pepper
  • cups  broccoli florets
  • tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine, plus more for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and carrot and cook until the onion softens a bit, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 2-3 minutes, then gradually whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the broth, beer, broccoli, bay leaves, nutmeg, cayenne, and a large pinch each of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, until the broccoli is extremely tender, about 20 minutes. When a fork easily goes through the broccoli, it’s done.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture to the consistency you like. I like it smooth, but feel free to leave some chunks if you prefer. You can also puree the soup in a blender.
  • Return the soup to the stove and set over low heat. Stir in the cheese until it’s completely melted. Add the thyme and cook another 2-3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Ladle into bowls and top with a little extra cheddar and fresh thyme. Serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe from Half Baked Harvest
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