Before the pandemic, I tried lots of broccoli soup recipes at restaurants. Now many restaurants either don’t have their entire menu available or it’s available for pickup but I’m not brave enough to try to get it home in the car! Fortunately, I found this vintage recipe to make at home and it is definitely a keeper!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this recipe because there is a great deal of cheese in it. One of those cheeses is fontina cheese. I had not made a soup with fontina cheese before, but I found that it is a very rich and creamy cheese and can be substituted for gruyere cheese, which I often use in recipes.
Fontina cheese is excellent in this broccoli soup! However, it is just one of a trio of cheeses. The others are cream cheese and white cheddar. Both the cream cheese and fontina make this soup creamy, and the cheddar cheese is a flavor enhancer. Surprisingly, this soup is not too cheesy.
The vegetables in this soup are finely chopped which is different from my Panera Bread Broccoli Soup copycat recipe. The copycat recipe has chunky vegetables whereas this soup contrasts by having chopped vegetables. For those who don’t really like vegetables that much but want them in their diet, this is the soup for you. I hope you will give it a try because I don’t think you will be disappointed!