Monday, October 8, 2012

Cheddar Broccoli Soup in the Ninja / Slow Cooker

My nephew is joining us for a few days & it's fun to see the cousins interact and engage with one another. The highlight for me has been watching their moves on the trampoline. With the exception of the deep voices, it is as if I'm watching a WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) show.

 The funniest part of the weekend was off the trampoline and on solid ground. At dinner time (or should I say at smackdown) I was given a rendition of their favorite moves.  The fluidity with the way they work together is remarkable. It's something that I notice watching team sports, when a group has played together for years. In our case, our kids have grown together since babes.  It's pretty cool to see how each cousin is so intuitive & anticipating the others' moves.

Kid friendly food is important when hosting friends and family. Yesterday we made our own pizza's with Trader Joe's pizza dough in a bag.  Good stuff!  Today, I was tempted to swing by Little Caesars for their $5.00 Monday "Hot and Ready" Pizza deal but decided that pizza two days in a row is just not right.  As my nephew is vegetarian so is the yummy recipe below:

  • 5 cups raw broccoli (once measured place in a food processor to desired consistency)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 whole medium yellow onion (place in a food processor)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or any cheddar combo

Place onion in the food processor and puree.  Remove & place the onion in the Ninja on Stove top, high. Pan fry for 6-8 minutes, stir each minute.

 Place broccoli in the food processor and puree. Remove.

Remove onion from the Ninja. Place butter in the Ninja. Once melted add the flour and mix using a whisk. Add the water & cream. Whisk until it's smooth.

Add broccoli, onion. Stir well. 

Add  salt, nutmeg & pepper. Stir.

Set on Slow Cooker Low for 8 hours.

Place soup in bowls and add a handful of cheese.

Serves: 8 

It's soup weather! What kind of soup do you serve when hosting friends and family?

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