Broccoli Cheese Soup (with Bacon)
*Make gravy using 3 c. hot water
1 c. cool water
1 ½ c gravy mix (we use Morrison's Peppered Gravy mix from Sam's Club)
Finely chop 16 oz. frozen broccoli (or steamed fresh).
Cut 4 slices bacon into ½” pieces; cook in 4 qt. Dutch oven until crisp. Remove bacon. (Vegetarian option: forget the bacon and saute onion in butter/margarine)
Cook 1 med. onion, chopped, in grease until crisp-tender.
Stir in gravy + 2c shredded or cubed processed American cheese until cheese is melted.
Stir in broccoli and bacon.
Stir in ½-1 c. chicken broth until desired consistency.
Salt & pepper to taste. Heat to serving temperature.
*optional gravy substitute:
1/4 c margarine melted
½ c flour
½ t salt
Blend together with whisk.
Add 4 c. milk (1 1/3 c. dry milk + 4 c. water) all at once & cook quickly until mixture thickens & bubbles. Remove from heat.