Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Creamy Broccoli Chicken Cheese Soup

In The Kitchen with Grammie Ginny...

I am blessed, I grew up surrounded by wonderful cooks.  My Mom is a great cook her Mom was a great cook and my Dad's Mom was a great cook.  I also have many friends who enjoy cooking and are wonderful home chefs.  I decided it would be fun to visit some of my friends and family in their own kitchens and let them share some of their favorite recipes tricks and tips!  

My first featured home chef is my wonderful mother Virginia, she is 84 years young and is still cooking delicious and nutritious meals and treats for our family.  She cooks lunch every Saturday and whomever is available, is welcome around her table. She is a wonderful Grandma and is always baking the grand kids cookies for college or soup for their freezers so they don't starve and she keeps us all stocked with homemade strawberry freezer jam! Everything she makes is wonderful but she is "famous" for two special recipes, her creamy broccoli chicken cheese soup, and her chocolate cake bars, aka "death bars." These two seem to be requested over and over at her church's pot lucks, funeral dinners and family gatherings.  I visited my Mom's kitchen this morning so she could share with us her famous soup recipe.  She said this recipe came to her from her sister's neighbor, Patty who lives in Indiana and is known to be a great cook.  I know if you decide to try this recipe and share it with your family and friends, you will be asked to make it again and again... this recipe is definitely worth sharing!  I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does...

Creamy Broccoli Chicken Cheese Soup
4 chicken breast cooked and cubed
2 Tbs. oil
1 medium onion chopped (about 3/4 cup)
6 cups chicken broth
8 oz pkg. of fine egg noodles
6 cups milk (Grammie used 2% but the original recipe calls for whole)
1 lb. Velveeta cheese (1/2 of a large box - can substitue 2% Velveeta)
2 10 oz. pkg of frozen broccoli heads or fresh equivilant
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:  Cook chicken breast and cut up (set aside).  Saute onion in oil.  Add broth and bring to a boil.  Add egg noodles and garlic powder, cook noodles until almost soft.  Add slices of cheese and stir often until melted.  Add the cooked chicken cubes, milk and the cooked broccoli.  Salt & pepper to taste.  Do not boil (milk will curdle)! 

This soup is great served with a green salad and a slice of crusty warm bread with butter or serve it up in bread bowls!  Whatever way you serve it, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser... if you take it to a pot luck, make sure to have several copies of the recipe in your purse!

Cook chicken breasts and cut up and set aside

Chop a medium onion, my mom has a great tip, she uses 
rubber gloves so her hands don't get stinky!

Saute the onions in a pan in the oil, you could do this 
right in the bottom of the soup pan to save washing an extra pan!

Pour the chicken broth in the sauteed onions

Par boil broccoli so it is just cooked (about 5 to 7 min)  you want to keep the nice bright green color.  You can use frozen broccoli but fresh is sooooo much better, she got hers at the farm stand yesterday... you can't get much fresher than that!

Add the noodles and cook until almost tender 
(they will continue to cook while finishing the soup)

Mom uses the regular Velveeta cheese but I have made it 
with the 2% and could not tell the difference

Cut the cheese in slices or cubes

Add the cheese to the soup pot with the 
broth, noodles and onions and let melt (stir)

Add the cooked cubed chicken pieces

Slowly pour in your milk (do not let the milk boil)

Season with garlic, salt and pepper to taste

Add cooked broccoli to the pan

Time to serve it up...

And Enjoy!

Of course I needed to try it out and make sure it tasted OK, but unfortunately she did not let me take any home with me because she is taking it to heat up in her crock pot tomorrow for a senior luncheon at her church.  She said their guest speaker is going to give them a tutorial on how to use their new defibrillator... sounds like fun :)! 

If you get a chance to try out Grammie Ginny's soup, be sure to leave a comment below, she would love to know how you liked it... although I will have to read it to her because she hasn't quite figured out what the internet is!

Happy Cooking,

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