Inspired by a soup from Urth Caffé in L.A. that I was minorly (read: majorly) obessed with when I lived there many years ago, I decided to create one of my own instead of just longing for it from afar. The beauty of the soup is that it was dairy-free; they used potatoes to thicken it instead of heavy cream — which is exactly what I did with this broccoli classic.
To add a little creaminess to my broccoli and cheese soup, I decided to top it with grated Cheddar and, as a classic fat kid move, cut up cubes of cheese and tossed them in the bowl so that one out of every five spoonfuls ended up having a melted, cheesy surprise (my ratio might be off... ). Feel free to do the same, or skip the cheese to make it completely dairy-free.
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