Friday, February 8, 2013

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

This is a great dinner when you have some time to prepare dinner in the afternoon and you will be busy at dinner time.  Yesterday, we had girl scouts right after school and cub scouts at 7.  I needed something that would be ready to eat from the Crock Pot without any additional prep work.

This is the best broccoli cheese soup ever.  My husband hates soup and hardly considers it a meal, but he loves this soup.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 16 ounces broccoli (fresh or frozen)
  • 8 ounces thin noodles
  • 2 pounds Velveeta cheese
  • 6 cups of milk
  • salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste
Directions

 1.  I used my homemade chicken broth, which is not all shown in the photo.  If you don't have broth on hand, you can use 6 cups of water and  bullion cubes, but we  prefer it with homemade broth.  Place broth and noodles in the Crock Pot and turn it on high.


2.  Meanwhile, cook celery and onion in butter over medium heat.  I like to start the celery first to give it a few extra minutes.  They do not have to be completely cooked because they will finish in the slow cooker.


 3.  Add cooked celery, onion, broccoli and cheese to slow cooker.  Cut the cheese in to 1" cubes to help it melt faster.  Stir a little bit.  Noodles will soft but not fully cooked.
4. Let cook on high until cheese is fully melted.  This took about an hour and a half for me.  Just keep an eye on it and stir every half an hour or so.

5.  Add up to 6 cups of milk.  I normally add 4 cups because we like a thicker soup.  You can always add more just before serving.  Turn Crock Pot to low and let simmer at least two hours.  Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

Yummy!  Serve with homemade bread, croutons or crackers.   

If you cook it longer than two hours, it will still taste great, but the noodles will be very, very soft.  Leftovers freeze well- if you have any leftover ;)

Let me know if you make and and like it!

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