I took my toddler out on a date and we went to try out my favorite Clam Chowder soup in San Francisco. Since my little one is not too fond of fish I asked if he would like to try a broccoli and cheddar soup special they had that day and let me tell you, he gulped that soup up like it was his favorite cracker. Ever since my toddler has tried the broccoli & cheddar soup he couldn’t stop raving about it, so I decided to make a special treat for him at home.
I used my amazing pressure cooker, Instant Pot, so I could multi-task while cooking. I love it because I can just throw everything in, walk away, and in 40 minutes my soup is ready (well for this particular one, half ready).
I began with cutting 4 pieces of chicken breast into small chunks; it cooks faster when it's cut up into smaller pieces, and threw it into the pot. Next, I cut carrots into circles and threw in broccoli florets (lots of them) and covered it all with water right up to the max line. Afterwards, I added Vegeta seasoning to enhance the flavor. Make sure to close the lid tightly, set it to “soup,” and change the time to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, I check the fridge and realize I don't have any "heavy cream," so I decided to make my own from scratch. I used 2 big tablespoons of butter and 1 regular cup of milk. I melted the butter in a sauce pan and then added it to milk.
Once the soup was ready I released the pressure and poured half of the contents (without the chicken chunks) into a blender. I used my Vitamix blender because it has a soup setting on it. I had it mix on the soup setting and then poured it into a large pot. The rest of the soup from the instant pot was mixed into the large pot while stirring and mixing it all together into a beautiful combination of taste and smell that even my husband and toddler ran downstairs and asked what I was preparing. They had to wait because Millennial Momee was not finished. Vitamix has been a great kitchen tool for all my soups and smoothies and really helps save time!
The soup in its current state was placed on the stove and at that time I infused the heavy cream and an abundance of shredded cheese (put in as much as you want, but we are a cheese loving family). I was limited on my supply of cheddar cheese so I utilized mozzarella.
As a side note: If you don't want to transfer the soup between pots you don't have to. You may pour the soup mixture from the Vitamix, or blender of choice, back into the instant pot, throw in the heavy cream, add cheese, and cover the lid while the instant pot is still switched on to "keep warm" setting.
My toddler absolutely loved the soup that this was the first time he decided to eat it all on his own as well as asked for seconds! Add croutons for a crunchy taste. It is a delicious “Fall Welcoming Soup!"
Hope you enjoy! :)
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Hi my name is Kseniya Gershberg and I am a busy mom of a 3 year old boy. My goal has always been to create fast, nutritious, and delicious meals for my family. I come from a family who loves to cook and I wanted to make sure I kept the tradition going when I started my own family.