Cheesy Garden Soup

soup-6I have a dirty secret. There is a soup I make which has a very particular key ingredient that, if certain foodie friends were to discover, they may disown me. That ingredient is Velveeta Cheese.

Here’s the catch: If using Velveeta in this soup is wrong, I don’t wanna be right! My mom made this soup for us when I was growing up and it has since become a household favorite with my family. I tried making it with a Bechamel but it didn’t taste the same. So I stick to the ingredients I grew up with (except a secret ingredient but more on that later.)

Here are the deets:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 8 medium baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into chunks
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into chunks
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 brick ‘o’ Velveeta cheese
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chives (optional)

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Start by melting two (2) TBSP of butter in a stock pan on low-medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Optionally, you could now add two (2) TBSP minced garlic and cook for a minute.

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Next, add the potatoes, stock and water. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender (about 15 minutes.) Add broccoli and cauliflower and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. I also added a few carrots because I had them hanging out in the crisper drawer.

Once the veggies are tender, it’s time to mash them up. I typically prefer using an immersion blender but when I was in college and didn’t have access to one, I simply used a potato masher. Blend (or mash) until your heart’s content. I like some chunks of veggies so I don’t blend until smooth.

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Now, time to add el Velveeta. The “el” makes it fancy…don’t you think? Cube up the Velveeta and add to the soup.

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Stir in the Velveeta and add two (2) cups of milk until fully melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Now, my secret ingredient: Kerrygold Dubliner Cheddar. I LOVE this stuff. Seriously, it’s so yummy. I shred a cup of it and add to the soup. We buy a giant block of this cheese from Costco on the regular. It makes a great grilled cheese, breakfast sandwich or straight up snack.

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Lastly, ladle up some soup, top with some shredded Dubliner Cheddar and fresh chives and enjoy! I hope this soup warms your heart and your tummy the way it has for our family now for three generations.

Do you have a family recipe you love? Share what it is and why in the comments.

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