The easiest broccoli cheese soup

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This easy soup idea uses one pot, and one hour to make a soup the whole family will love. This easy soup idea is better than restaurant quality broccoli cheese and good to serve to your family and any guests you may have. A good size head of fresh broccoli will make about two cups. You can up the broccoli in this easy soup idea a bit if you want. Also, the frozen broccoli may take a few minutes more to get the vegetable tender, so you want to cook to tender and not by time if you are using frozen. This easy soup idea uses one pot to cook the broccoli in the soup and not separately. And the recipe doesn't use any cream. The cheese is Velveeta, but you can also use sharp cheddar and Velveeta if you like. You can choose the cheeses that you like. Most people will want a mixture of different cheddars. The ingredients you will need for this easy soup idea include broccoli, butter, onion, garlic, flour, chicken broth or vegetable, salt, pepper, milk and cheese of choice. For the full step by step eas soup idea, you'll want to take a look at the 101 Cooking For Two site.

Broccoli is a vegetable that is famously good for you. And that is why you will want to know how to make the most of its distinctive strong flavor. You want to choose broccoli heads that have tight, green florets and firm broccoli stalks. The broccoli should feel heavy for its size. The cut ends of the broccoli stalks should be fresh and moist looking. You want to avoid broccoli that has dried out or browning stem ends or any yellowing florets. Store your purchased broccoli unwashed in an open plastic bag in the refrigerator. If the broccoli is bought very fresh at the farmers market, for example, broccoli will keep up to 10 days.

When preparing broccoli for food ideas start by rinsing the broccoli just before using it. For most food ideas and preparations, you'll want to cut off the broccoli florets from the stem or stalk. Most people toss out the broccoli stem, but if you take the time to cut off the tough exterior of the stalk, you'll discover a crunchy, delicious, tender snack. If you are serving the broccoli raw, you can crisp the broccoli up by soaking it in some cold water for about ten minutes. Steaming broccoli is one way to cook broccoli. Start by bringing about 1/4 inch of water to a boil in a large frying pan. Add in about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and then the broccoli florets. Cover and steam the broccoli until as tender as you like which should take about three minutes for medium tender and up to 8 minutes for completely cooked, soft broccoli florets. Roasting broccoli is another popular way to enjoy broccoli. Start by preheating the oven to 400°F. Toss the broccoli florets with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Spread the broccoli florets in a single layer in a baking pan and bake until the broccoli florets are tender and slightly browned on the edges. Sauteeing broccoli is also a popular way to enjoy broccoli. Heat a frying pan over medium to high heat, then add oil to coat the bottom of the frying pan. Add the broccoli florets Cook, stirring frequently, until the broccoli florets are bright green and tender, about three to five minutes. Serve the broccoli with a sprinkle of salt and a bit of lemon juice.

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