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Cream of Broccoli & Kielbasa Cheese Soup

Comforting and cheesy cream of broccoli soup with the added kick of flavorful kielbasa.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Comfort Foods, soups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese soup, cream of broccolli, kielbasa
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 793kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz frozen broccoli florets or chopped broccoli see NOTES
  • 4 medium potatoes unpleeled cut in chunks
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme -OR- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 14-16 oz fully cooked kielbasa cut in 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese I used white cheddar
  • salt and pepper to taste

THICKENING

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a dutch oven or very large (6 cup) saucepan. Add onion and cook until translucent.
  • Add the thyme, chicken stock, potatoes and broccoli. Heat to boiling. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes or until broccoli and potatoes are tender.
  • Add the kielbasa and heat through.
  • Thicken, if desired, by mixing the flour and water until there are no lumps. Stir into soup base. MIXTURE WILL BE VERY THICK.
  • Gradually add the milk and cream, stirring to incorporate well with no lumps (if you thickened the soup). If soup is too thick, additional milk may be used to thin. Add salt and pepper to taste at this point.
  • Stir in cheese until it melts. Cheese is given in a range--use the 1/2 cup if you don't want it too cheesy and the full cup if you are a cheese lover.

Notes

Fresh broccoli may be substituted

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 793kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1313mg | Potassium: 1635mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1451IU | Vitamin C: 125mg | Calcium: 363mg | Iron: 9mg