Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Turkey Bacon

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Turkey Bacon

  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 broccoli florets, chopped, including the stems
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups salad greens
  • salt and pepper

In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the bacon, onion and celery.  Add a pinch of salt, and cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the broccoli and chicken broth.  Whisk together the milk and flour, and add to the pot.

Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.  Once the soup is bubbling, add the cheese, a handful at a time.  Add the salad greens.  Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Cook the soup for another 15-20 minutes until broccoli is tender and the broth has thickened.