Béchamels (fancy name for a white sauce) are a great base for many soups I lightened this one up a bit and added more flavor by replacing some of the milk with chicken broth.
Broccoli Cheese Soup Printable Recipe
1 small head broccoli
3 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk (I used goat milk)
1 cup chicken broth
4 ounces Velveeta or 1/2 to 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Steam broccoli until tender. It will not cook any more in the soup so be sure it is how you like it. Also keep in mind that the softer you have it the more it will break up as you stir it into the base.
In a large pot melt the butter.Stir in flour, heat and stir until smooth. Cook for 1 minute.
Gradually add milk and broth, stirring constantly until thickened. I find it easier to have the liquid warmed to prevent burning on the bottom.
This is with about half of the liquid. It will be a little thinner than this in the end.
Add cheese and stir until melted. Gently stir in broccoli. Add salt and pepper if you like. Ladle and serve.
If you have leftover ham you can chop some up and put it in the soup too!