This morning my hubby said he would sure like to have some soup for lunch! This is quite a change from his usual favorite diet of a bologna and cheese sandwich, so I gladly said "Yes!" Then he asked if I could make Broccoli and Cheese soup! Again, I gladly said, "Yes!" It just so happened that we had broccoli for supper last night and I had quite a bit left over...so this would be a great way to use it up! I also had a few small redskin potatoes left over, which would add some extra "bulk" to the soup.
(Since I was not making a huge pot of soup, I only used about 1/3 cup of chopped onion, and 1/2 cup chopped celery...but this would be adjusted according to how much soup you plan to make)
While that was cooking I chopped up the already cooked potatoes and the broccoli. (about 1 & 1/2 cup chopped broccoli). When the onion and celery was tender, I put it in a medium sized kettle on the stove and added about 2 cups of water, some butter, and seasonings to taste. (Garlic powder, salt and pepper). Normally I would use a can of chicken broth, but I was out of that, so just used the water.
After that had simmered for a few minutes, I added the cut up already cooked potatoes and let it cook a little longer, then added a can of evaporated milk and about a cup of regular milk. I let that simmer for a while until it started to thicken...(I added a little flour and water mixture to help thicken it), and then I added about a cup of shredded cheddar/jack cheese mixed with a couple of cut up slices of american cheese. Next I stirred in the already cooked and chopped broccoli, and let it all simmer until thick and ready to serve. It was really delicious!
This was a good excuse to use my vintage Homer Laughlin soup bowls that I purchased at a yard sale from some friends. They had belonged to my friend's mother in law, and I just fell in love with the delicate floral pattern on these bowls. The embroidered tea towel on the left that says "china" on it came from my husband's grandmother's home. I assume his grandmother had done the embroidery. It is so old that it is in danger of falling apart, so I don't use it...but this seemed a wonderful opportunity to add it to the picture with the vintage bowls!