How to Make Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese Soup

This creamy, delicious soup is a winner. My husband, who HATES cauliflower, still doesn't know there's any in here. Enjoy!

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How to Make Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese Soup Recipe
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Gather ingredients! I buy in bulk & freeze tons of veg, so forgive the appearance of the zucchini.

Gather ingredients! I buy in bulk & freeze tons of veg, so forgive the appearance of the zucchini.

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Remove broccoli heads & place heads ONLY in large pot with 1c water. Remove leaves & chop stems, discarding the bottom inch or so of the stem.  Simmer over med heat until tender, appx 20 mins.

Remove broccoli heads & place heads ONLY in large pot with 1c water. Remove leaves & chop stems, discarding the bottom inch or so of the stem. Simmer over med heat until tender, appx 20 mins.

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Peel the leaves off of the cauliflower & discard, remove heads, dice & set aside. There may be a better way to do do this, but this is my way. If you have a shortcut, share!

Peel the leaves off of the cauliflower & discard, remove heads, dice & set aside. There may be a better way to do do this, but this is my way. If you have a shortcut, share!

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Chop zucchini pieces. Mine still have a little ice on them, since I decided to toss them in at the last minute.

Chop zucchini pieces. Mine still have a little ice on them, since I decided to toss them in at the last minute.

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Dice garlic & onions.  Don't worry about it being too pretty, it mostly cooks down to nothing anyway. Pretend there's onion here too, since I didn't take a photo.  Woopsie.

Dice garlic & onions. Don't worry about it being too pretty, it mostly cooks down to nothing anyway. Pretend there's onion here too, since I didn't take a photo. Woopsie.

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Sauté garlic & onion with appx 2 tbsp oil, or my preferred method - bacon fat! The key here is med-low heat. You want to slowly release that delicious aroma & taste. About 15 minutes should do it.

Sauté garlic & onion with appx 2 tbsp oil, or my preferred method - bacon fat! The key here is med-low heat. You want to slowly release that delicious aroma & taste. About 15 minutes should do it.

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See? BACON FAT!

See? BACON FAT!

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Fifteen minute mark. It smells so good.

Fifteen minute mark. It smells so good.

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This stuff saves my life when I don't have stock on hand. 2 tbsp to 1c water, viola. Chicken stock. (Comes in beef flavor, too)

This stuff saves my life when I don't have stock on hand. 2 tbsp to 1c water, viola. Chicken stock. (Comes in beef flavor, too)

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In a large stock pot, place broccoli stems, cauliflower, onions, garlic, and 3 cups water or chicken stock. That blob you see is my chicken base, ready to be stirred in.

In a large stock pot, place broccoli stems, cauliflower, onions, garlic, and 3 cups water or chicken stock. That blob you see is my chicken base, ready to be stirred in.

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While this simmers over med heat, drain your now-tender broccoli heads. Use a blender to puree them.  Work in small batches, this stuff is HOT.  Place puréed broccoli in a bowl.

While this simmers over med heat, drain your now-tender broccoli heads. Use a blender to puree them. Work in small batches, this stuff is HOT. Place puréed broccoli in a bowl.

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Melt one tbsp butter & two tbsp bacon fat in your broccoli pot (why do more dishes?!). Gradually whisk in 3 tbsp flour.  When it's thick, slowly whisk in 3 c chicken stock.

Melt one tbsp butter & two tbsp bacon fat in your broccoli pot (why do more dishes?!). Gradually whisk in 3 tbsp flour. When it's thick, slowly whisk in 3 c chicken stock.

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Whisk in one tbsp Dijon mustard. Trust me on this one, it adds magic.

Whisk in one tbsp Dijon mustard. Trust me on this one, it adds magic.

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Stir in 1c heavy cream, and bring to a boil.

Stir in 1c heavy cream, and bring to a boil.

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Turn off heat & stir in two cups shredded sharp cheddar. I used regular & aged white this time. Experiment with the cheese variations - it can become a whole different soup with interesting cheeses!

Turn off heat & stir in two cups shredded sharp cheddar. I used regular & aged white this time. Experiment with the cheese variations - it can become a whole different soup with interesting cheeses!

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When cheese is melted, add mixture to the broccoli puree & stir well to combine.

When cheese is melted, add mixture to the broccoli puree & stir well to combine.

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Add that mixture to your simmering pot of vegetables & stock.

Add that mixture to your simmering pot of vegetables & stock.

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Soup is done when all vegetables are tender. Sea salt & pepper to taste.  Serve alone, or with a dollop of creme fraiche & your favorite crusty bread!

Soup is done when all vegetables are tender. Sea salt & pepper to taste. Serve alone, or with a dollop of creme fraiche & your favorite crusty bread!

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These guides are sometimes a lot of work - if you see I omitted an ingredient, or didn't explain something clearly, please leave a comment so I can get it fixed. Thank you so much for looking!

These guides are sometimes a lot of work - if you see I omitted an ingredient, or didn't explain something clearly, please leave a comment so I can get it fixed. Thank you so much for looking!

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