Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Natal Day Celebrations

June was Pablo's birthday month, and we celebrated with a quiet supper at home.

On the menu? His favorite, Broccoli Cheese Soup.

The recipe is modified from the Panera recipe, and I can't say that I've ever tasted a better version of this soup!


~ Broccoli Cheese Soup ~

Serves 4

- 1 TBSP melted butter
- 1/2 medium chopped onion
- 1/4 C melted butter
- 1/4 C flour
- 2 C half-and-half
- 2 C chicken stock
- 1/2 lb. fresh broccoli (cut the florets into bite sized pieces; grate the stalk)
- 1 C matchstick carrots
- 8 oz grated sharp cheddar cheese (Pablo says 8 ounces is the minimum!)
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Salt and Pepper

1. Saute onion in butter. Set aside.

2. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add half-and-half

3. Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Add the broccoli, carrots, and onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in nutmeg. Salt and pepper to taste.


And no birthday would be complete without dessert!

Pablo's dessert of choice is apple pie a la mode -- this time I discovered that cooking the apples beforehand makes for a much softer and juicier filling.

Many Happy Returns of the Day to the best of husbands, and the best of friends!


  1. Grate the stalks. Brilliant.

    Well chosen on the apple pie, Pablo. Pie is better than cake any day. Happy birthday!

  2. Everything looks delicious and the table looks gorgeous, too. :) I'm adding the soup recipe to my list of things to try...

  3. I have tucked this recipe away for the fall. I love broccoli cheese soup too.

    your pictures are beautiful.

  4. Just thought I'd let you know that this entry had me running to the grocery store for ingredients! :)


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