Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.
Chicken Divan Soup
CHICKEN DIVAN SOUP
Souplantation Copycat Recipe
Makes 12 Cups
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 (48 oz.) container chicken broth
2 (12 oz.) packages fresh broccoli florets (about 12 cups)
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, cut into cubes
4 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 (8 oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium high heat; add onion, and saute 5 to 6 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and red pepper, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and broccoli. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 10 to 15 minutes or until broccoli is tender. Stir in cream cheese.
Process mixture with a handheld blender until smooth. Add chicken and shredded cheese. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with almonds, if desired.
Note: If you don't have a handheld immersion blender, let mixture cool slightly; process mixture, in batches, in a regular blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Return mixture to Dutch oven, and proceed as directed.