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Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- Immersion blender or regular blender

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
2. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the flour and stir to combine.
4. Slowly pour in the broth, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.
5. Add the broccoli florets and bring the mixture to a simmer.
6. Cook until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes.
7. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, puree the soup until smooth.
8. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the heavy cream and shredded cheddar cheese.
9. Cook over low heat until the cheese is melted and the soup is heated through.
10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

- Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 25 minutes
- Cook over medium heat until the broccoli is tender, then reduce heat to low when adding the cream and cheese.
Serving size:
- This recipe serves 4-6 people.

Nutritional information:
- Calories per serving: 400
- Fat: 32g
- Carbohydrates: 14g
- Protein: 16g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Broccoli can be substituted with cauliflower or a combination of both.
- Heavy cream can be substituted with half-and-half or whole milk.
- Cheddar cheese can be substituted with any type of cheese that melts well, such as Gouda or Swiss.

- Add cooked bacon or ham for a heartier soup.
- Add diced potatoes for a thicker soup.
- Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.

Tips and tricks:
- Use an immersion blender for easier cleanup.
- To make a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
- For a smoother texture, strain the soup through a fine-mesh sieve after pureeing.

Storage instructions:
- Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat the soup in a pot over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the soup in individual bowls with a sprinkle of shredded cheese on top.

- Garnish with chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives.

- Serve with crusty bread or a side salad.

Suggested side dishes:
- Grilled cheese sandwich
- Caesar salad
- Roasted vegetables

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the soup is too thick, add more broth or milk to thin it out.
- If the soup is too thin, simmer it uncovered for a few minutes to reduce the liquid.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the soup to an internal temperature of 165°F to ensure it is safe to eat.

Food history:
- Broccoli Cheddar Soup is a popular dish in American cuisine, often served in restaurants and cafes.

Flavor profiles:
- Creamy, cheesy, and savory.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve hot as a main course or as a starter.

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Taste: Creamy, Cheesy, Savory, Rich, Hearty