Tuesday, March 15, 2016

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CHOWDER / Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Celebrating my blog's 7th Anniversary with this creamy Broccoli cheddar chowder. Chowder is a rich and thick soup typically containing Clams / Chicken / Fish / Sweet corn / Broccoli, cooked in medium flame with cream. I tasted this delicious soup from Panera bread few months back. I tried it with the same method of my Sweetcorn and cheese chowder

Broccoli Cheddar Cheese chowder
How to make Copycat Panera Broccoli cheddar soup / easy broccoli cheddar cheese chowder?

Preparation time : 5 min, Cooking time : 20 min, Level : easy, Serves : 3 as main course

Ingredients :

Unsalted butter : 4 tbsp

White Onion : 1/2,finely chopped 
a small head of Broccoli : 2 cups, finely chopped (only the green parts of floret)
Carrot : 1, grated
All-purpose flour : 1/4 cup
Half-and-half : 2 cups 
Grated sharp Cheddar cheese : 2 cups
Low-sodium chicken broth : 2 cups

Bay leaves : 2

Nutmeg powder : 1/4 tsp

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions :

1. Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the bay leaves and fry for a minute. Now add the onion and cook till translucent, about 3 minutes. 

2. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes, then gradually whisk in the half-and-half until smooth. Add the chicken broth,  and nutmeg, then season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until it starts to thick, about 10 minutes.

3. Add the finely chopped broccoli and shredded carrots to the thick chowder base / broth and cook for another 10 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Now add the grated cheese and mix well until melted.  

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