I also call it boyfriend soup because my picky husband would probably cry if he thought there was anything vegetable or vegetable related in his house. Broccoli is the worst offender in his book, though it's one of my favorites! So I make Boyfriend Soup. And my husband comes home and says:
"Whats for dinner?"
And I say: "Boyfriend soup!"
"What's in it?"
"Um... boyfriends?" But by this time he is already at the stove stirring a pot of incredible smelling soup with suspicious looking green florets in it, and he's on to me! That's not Boyfriends! That's BROCCOLI! And I am ALMOST sad that he won't even try any... ALMOST, because if he's not eating, I know that I will get two heaping servings for dinner tonight and have a nice bowl leftover for lunch tomorrow.There are some advantages to living with a picky eater: More for me. And I smile, just a little, as my husband grabs stuff to make himself a grilled cheese sandwich.
Valerie's Creamy, Cheesy, Broccoli Soup
1-2 cloves chopped garlic
1 tblsp butter
spoonful of flour
1 cup milk
1.5 cups chicken stock
6 oz cream cheese (cubed)
2 oz shredded swiss cheese
4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
10 oz chopped frozen broccoli
.25 tsp. Nutmeg (secret ingredient that makes it SO VERY yummy-- don't skip it because it seems weird.)
Salt and pepper
Saute onions and garlic in butter until onion is translucent-ish. Blend in flour reduce to med heat and add cream cheese and milk. Stir until cream cheese is melted smooth. Stir in chicken stock and cheese, then broccoli, nutmeg and salt/pepper to taste. Heat over medium 'til it bubbles a bit. You can put it through the blender if you desire a nice smooth consistency, I kinda like it chunky. Serve with a little shredded cheddar on top to make it pretty and some crusty bread. Yummy. (Serves 3-4, depending on how big of eaters you are! ha!)
Which was made from scratch and warm from the oven when he got home. He opened the door and took a deep breath and said... this house smells incredible! (it did.)