Last week, I put making Martha's broccoli cream soup on my to-do list. Then, a friend (Hi, Cori!) suggested I might like Lulu the Baker's cheesy vegetable chowder. Both soups looked delicious, and I just couldn't decide which one to make....so I created my own soup by combining the two recipes.
Everybody wins! Especially me, because the result was absolutely delicious.
For the most part, I stuck with Martha's recipe (minus the onion), and added shredded carrots, diced potatoes, and 1.5 cups of cheddar cheese as suggested by Lulu the Baker. And because calories don't exist in my world, I increased the amount of heavy cream from Martha's recipe from 1/2 cup to 1 whole cup. Calories? What are those?
Technique-wise, I definitely deviated from Martha's recipe: I didn't run the soup through the food processor after cooking. Instead, I ran the broccoli through the food processor before adding it to the pot, making sure that all pieces were small-to-medium size and not completely pulverized. I wanted this soup to be a meal by itself with chunks of vegetables, and that's exactly what it is.
Note: the soup stores wonderfully in the fridge, so don't be afraid to make a big batch and have leftovers. This mash-up recipe is incredibly easy to make and quite a satisfying meal. Enjoy!