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Aged White Cheddar and Broccoli Soup with Chorizo

I am one of those parents who flood their facebook page with pictures of my children. Yes, I’m that person. Everyone knows at least one these people. For my friends, it’s me. My facebook wall reads like most parents’ baby books…full of photos, videos, firsts, favorites, and funny anecdotes. (They’re funny to me, at least.) And my profile pictures are mostly pictures of my kids, rather than of myself.

I have heard comments such as You are not your kids, in regards to this issue. And it’s true. I am my own  person. I am not my kids…at least not completely. But the truth is, my children are a huge part of me. They are the very best representation of me. They are my finest creation and my life’s grandest purpose. If I do nothing else of importance during the rest of my life, I can rest easy in knowing that I grew, loved, and nurtured these precious little people.

Why wouldn’t I associate part of my identity with that of my children? Aren’t we all little bits of every person and every event we’ve experienced. And don’t we all continue to change as our lives change courses? Why wouldn’t my children shape me in the same way that I shape them? Why wouldn’t my children be irreversibly intertwined with my identity?

At this point in my life, perhaps for always and forever, my children are the center of my world. They are my passion and my motivation. They are at least as much a part of me as my love of cooking, my fear of failure, or my passion for bacon.

And in my children’s eyes, I see the me I strive to be. In their eyes, I am love. I am security. I am healing. I am their mom. I have never felt more beautiful than the way I look in my children’s eyes. I am in those profile pictures I post of my children. I’m right there, in their eyes.

This soup is beautiful in my eyes. I may make it my facebook profile pic. It’s broccoli cheddar soup for grown-ups. Spicy chorizo gives the soup a smokey bit of heat, while the aged white cheddar (get the good stuff) adds intense cheesy flavor. There’s nothing like eating a big bowl of cheesy soup on a chilly winter day. Ultra-comforting.

Enjoy, friends.

Aged White Cheddar and Broccoli Soup with Chorizo

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces spicy Spanish chorizo, halved and sliced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk (skim milk works well)
  • 8 ounces aged white cheddar, shredded
  • 3 cups broccoli, steamed until tender and well chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt (approx.)

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chorizo and cook for a few minutes, until the chorizo begins to release its oil. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and continue cooking for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Add the milk and whisk until well combined. Bring the milk to a simmer as you continue whisking. Simmer for about 3 minutes, until the milk begins to thicken. Turn down the heat and stir in the cheese. Continue stirring until melted. Stir in the broccoli. Season with salt, to taste.

Serves 4

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11 responses »

  1. This looks so good. I am definitely making this for dinner this week. Thanks for the great recipe! Stop by and say hi :)

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  2. I love that this has simple ingredients but deep flavor- I need to pick up some chorizo, my husband would LOVE this.

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  3. Love the recipe, we will have to try it. And on the children front….I was and continue to be the same as you when it comes to my children who are now, by the way 31 (twins). My facebook page is loaded with pictures of them and my three beautiful grandchildren who I love and adore. Family is everything, when everyone else walks away family is there for you. You’re doing great!

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  4. While I’m not a parent yet, I’m fairly certain I’ll be the same way! Your kids are something to be proud of! And so is this tasty soup… great job!

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  5. Amy, you know that I am ALSO that facebook mom and I love that I can look back on my timeline and see what we did last year or what Joe or Charlie said two months ago when grandma visited. The soup? oh, Amy. I will be trying this one. What does Dr Atkins have to say about all of the cheese?:)

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  6. That sounds, and looks, ridiculously good. Really it does. I’d absolutely devour that in a second. Chorizo is one of my favourite foods – it’s one of the reasons why I visit Spain once a year.

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  7. This looks wonderful — perfect for a cold winter night.

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  8. Broccoli cheddar soup is my favorite, and chorizo added to it?!? Yum!

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  9. is the Chorizo pre cooked, or need to be cooked kind ?

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    • Hi Mary Jo,
      I used the cooked Spanish kind, but if you can only get the uncooked kind, just let it cook for a few additional minutes in the pot. It should cook pretty quickly when it’s sliced.

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      • I did make this yesterday–and it was really good. I did take the casing off before I cooked it. I used fresh broccoli and mostly NOT the stems. I imagine that cut frozen broccoli would work too.

        Thank you for so many great recipes,
        Mary Jo

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