Take-out Tuesday, Broccoli Soup with Cornbread Croutons

I must admit that broccoli is my least favorite vegetable.  One of those pregnancy aversions that never went away~but when I saw this recipe for slow cooker broccoli soup over at StoneGable, it actually appealed to me and I decided to give it a try~

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fresh broccoli, some onion, carrots, broth, milk and extra sharp cheddar, how could this not be delicious~

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But, just in case, I decided to take out a little insurance, and added cornbread croutons and ham.  Ham happens to be one of my favorite things so I thought that might help balance out the broccoli thing~

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Note: If you haven’t tried the Archer Farms brand spiral sliced ham fromTarget, you must! It is THE best ham I’ve ever had, it is about half the price of a Honey Baked ham, and it comes with a glaze mix.  I cook it according to the directions, about 2 hours in a low oven, prepare the glaze and pour over it and it is ready.  After we have it for dinner the traditional way, I divide it up and freeze it in smaller packages and pull it out for breakfast biscuits, sandwiches, pizza, casseroles, or to serve with soup like today.

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Saute the onion and carrot

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put into the slow cooker with the broccoli and pour in broth

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I put this together in the morning and stuck the ceramic insert from my crock pot in the refrigerator.  When I returned home early afternoon, I put it into the crockpot to cook.  I started it on high for about an hour since it was chilled, then turned it to low for the next 3 hours.  About 30-60 minutes before serving, blend in the milk, flour and cheese

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Picture me pureeing the soup with an immersion blender right before adding the cheese~ you can also puree the soup in a blender but that means transferring it back and forth which is a giant pain. Do yourself a favor and get an immersion blender.  You will love it, and use it all the time!

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While the cheese is melting and the milk and flour are doing their magic to the soup, toss the cornbread croutons  into the skillet that you used for the onions and carrots.  Add a drizzle more oil and  2T butter.  Increase heat to medium high so you can get a little brown on them before they soak up all the butter!

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Set the cornbread aside and add the ham to the skillet to get it warm and create a little color on it.

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A crouton and a piece of ham on top for garnish and serve the rest on the side for nibbling and dunking.

Here’s the recipe:

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR slow cooker soup  with Ham and Cornbread Croutons

adapted from StoneGable

for a printable version click here

6 cups fresh broccoli

1 large onion, chopped

1 large garlic clove, pressed or finely chopped

1 cup shredded carrots

4 cups chicken stock

¼ cup flour

2 cups 2% milk

4 cups very sharp cheddar cheese,  1/2 cup reserved

olive oil

nutmeg, S&P

3T butter

baked cornbread  {I got mine in the bakery at Publix}

cooked ham cut into 1-2 inch pieces

Cut off thick tough stems of broccoli and rough chop the flowerettes.  Toss into an oil sprayed slow cooker.  Cook the carrots and onion in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil for about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.  Add to slow cooker.   Pour in stock.  At this point you can refrigerate if desired.

Set slow cooker to low and cook for 3 1/2 hours {or if soup is cold, start it on high for 1 hour and then reduce to low}.  Puree soup with an immersion blender until it is the texture that you like.  Season with S&P and some freshly grated nutmeg. Whisk milk with flour and add to soup.  Add 3/4 of the cheese, reserving some for garnish.  Stir and cover pot and continue to cook on low for 30-45 more minutes.  Serves 4-6

Cornbread Croutons and ham:

Cut prepared cornbread into 1-2 inch cubes.  Saute in a hot skillet over medium high heat with butter and olive oil quickly to crisp.  Set aside and quickly fry ham pieces to heat and caramelize.

It was a perfect meal for a rainy fall evening!  Now, I still don’t like broccoli, but I did eat the soup!

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9 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Broccoli Soup with Cornbread Croutons”
  1. The soup sounds good and I love your cornbread croutons! Not to mention a little ham on the side is never a bad thing:@)

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  2. This soup and ham lunch look delicious. I the cornbread addition too…….Keeping this recipe.

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  3. Looks so good, Jenna. I like your cornbread crouton idea, too.

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  4. Reeni says:

    I’m not super crazy about broccoli either but put it in a soup and I’m smitten! Especially when cheese is involved. This looks delicious – loving those croutons too.

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  5. Mary says:

    You had me at corn bread croutons Jenna! I need to try this soup and Target’s Archer Farms ham! We finally have a little nip in the air this week after, I’m looking forward to soup weather!

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  6. Hi, this is just wonderful! I love the crock pot and broccoli soup sounds so good on a cold winter day to have! I bet it came out just yummy! I saw it on memories by the mile party.
    Julie @ julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  7. Kim says:

    We love soup every day during cool weather. This recipe looks delicious. 🙂
    I do the same thing with ham. Those little packages in the freezer defrost quickly! Great for quick-prepared meals.
    ❤ Kim

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  8. Rattlebridge Farm -- Foodie Friday says:

    I love cornbread croutons (my favorite diet pitfall). Your soup looks delicious!

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