This is a soup that I have made for years and years! It’s always my go to soup to take to parties or for company because everyone loves it. I made a few additions this time for the heck of it and it turned out even better! You can leave out the ham & chard or add other veggies that you have. This was just a yummy addition that I really liked. It also freezes well if you have extras.
Cheddar Broccoli Soup
6 c whole milk
6 T flour (I use soft white wheat and I can’t tell the difference over white)
6 T butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 c cheddar cheese
1 T dijon mustard
2 c shredded carrots (I really didn’t measure I just threw in what I had)
1-1 1/2 c chopped ham
2 c chard, chopped small ( threw in what I had again, so it could have been less)
2-3 bunches broccoli, chopped small
Throw chopped veggies into a large stock pot and barely cover with water. Cook till barely tender about 10 minutes. While veggies are cooking blend the butter, flour, milk, salt & pepper in a blender. When veggies are ready add the blender contents to the pan and stir with a wisk until the butter melts. Cook until thickened over medium heat. Add the mustard and cheese and cook until cheese is melted. Serve!
I’ve been sick for a week. My grandmother died and I had to drive 5 hours to her funeral and stayed up way too late for 3 nights talking with family. Needless to say I’m worn out. But my mother graciously gave me the largest hambone I’ve ever seen. So before I crashed on the couch all day I made this yummy, comfort food.
You can use one hambone to make as large a pot of soup as you like. So double and freeze the leftovers for a cold winter night.
Cover your beans in warm water & soak for at least 7 hours to get rid of the phytic acid. If you don’t have time soak Boil 3 cups of water per 1 cup of white beans. Bring the water to a boil then add your beans. Cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 1 hour. Then add 1 onion and any spices you like except the salt and cook for at least 2 hours but longer is better. You may have to keep adding water.
I cooked mine for 4-5 hours today and when I checked all the water was gone. I added more at the end and heated it up and all was still great.
At the end of the 2+ hours add salt and pepper to taste and pieces of ham. Remove the bone and with the back of the spoon smash some of the beans or use an immersion blender to blend just a little of the beans to thicken. I served with a green salad and my homemade ketchup. The ketchup gives a really nice flavor to the soup.