My family LOVES this soup, and it's so versatile! We didn't have broccoli on hand, so I used cauliflower instead. I did make a couple changes, just to make cooking a little easier: I used 2 cans of chicken broth, cooked the chopped cauliflower (doubled the amount) in the soup at the same time I added the diced potatoes, added garlic powder, and only used 1 1/3 cups cheese. For those who have never made a creamy cheese soup before, it really helps to turn the heat down to low for a few minutes BEFORE adding in the cheese. This will prevent curdling, which looks really un-appetizing!
I made this last night and will make it again. I liked the flavor and texture a lot. Next time, I will chop the broccoli much finer and put it in immediately with the potatoes so that it is cooked to mush. It was a little crunchy for a soup the way I did it. I didn't have celery, so I grated a carrot instead and added a shallot and some garlic. I will keep these changes, as they seemed to work well.
Love, love, love! I've made this a few times now and have completely vetoed adding any salt. I also just throw the raw broccoli directly into the soup and let it cook instead of pre-steaming. Great recipe!
My hubby loved it I added a bag of frozen broccoli w/ cauliflower & bacon bits since that's what I had on hand. Great for fall weather.
Turned out really good with a little tweaking- added 1 c diced carrots instead of celery, used a 12oz steam bag of broccoli, chopped small, 12 oz sharp/extra sharp cheddar mix, whole milk, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp salt, and 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic. Family loved it soooo much.
We loved this. I left the celery out and used 2% milk. I also served it with cooked, crumbled bacon on top!
Excellent and filling soup on a chilly winter day! Used heavy whipping cream and 4 cups of chicken broth, omitted salt and parsley adding Harwood smoked bacon w/Hawaiian bread rolls on the side. Fantastic! Thanx for sharing! The addition of broccoli and cheddar to liven up potato soup is a no-brainer on the yum side!
I doubled the recipe and added a head of roasted garlic(sieved), 4 cups of cubed ham, 2 cups of shredded carrots and replaced 1/2 the milk with sour cream. It is Fantastic! But I would like it thicker so maybe less chicken broth next time.
I made this soup and it came out so good that I made it again two days later when my brother and his family came to visit. Everybody, including the youngest who is two, loved it. I had been looking for a recipe for my crock pot but this is so quick, easy and delicious that I have stopped my search. I will try added some carrots next time cause it sounds good to me. I use frozen chopped broccoli and add it about five minutes after the potatoes. Will be made again and again.
Perfect! Soooo comforting and delicious. Exactly what I was looking for.