Wednesday Food: Cream of Broccoli Soup

As I was trying to decide what to make this week, the weather dramatically changed.  Cool breezes call for warm blankets and hot soup!  Oh, but what kind of soup to make?  A hearty Minestrone-type soup?  A spicy curry soup?  And then I remembered what I haven't had in a long time -  Cream of Broccoli!  I can never get enough of broccoli, so having it all blended up into a soup is like heaven for me.

The great thing about this recipe is that you could substitute a myriad of different vegetables.  Let me count the ways... cauliflower, butternut squash, leek, sweet potato, etc.  You may need to do some adjustments depending on your preference for thickness, and cooking time - but it should be an easy transition.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

  • 1 1/2# broccoli (or 3 crowns), slice the stalk thinly and reserve the florets

  • 1 onion, chopped small

  • 3 celery stalks, chopped small

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 4c. chicken stock (or sub. veggie stock)

  • 1-1 1/2c. heavy cream

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated


Method

1) Sweat down the onions, celery, garlic and broccoli stalks.  Cook till softened and add 2/3 of the broccoli florets.



2) Add the stock and let it simmer till all the veggies and stalks are nice and soft.

3) Take the soup off the heat and puree in 2 batches.  Blend till smooth-ish.



4) Put the mixture back in the soup pot and back on the heat.  Keep it on a low heat, just so it will simmer and add the cream and reserved broccoli florets.  You'll want to cook it long enough till the florets have softened.



5) Grate your sharp cheese and if you've got a loaf of artisan bread (from Standard Baking Company maybe?), then slice that up.


 


6) Serve and enjoy!



And as I was making this, I was thinking, if your not a fan of dairy - maybe almond milk will be suitable substitute?  Maybe that will be my next soup project!


I hope you do the same thing I did with my soup.  Curled up on the couch under a blanket and watched scary movies!  Yes, my scary movie marathon is starting early and soup is a great comfort food to snack on.  Just don't get too scared and throw it all over the room!



And remember, when the kitchen gets too hot... wait its getting cold out, you'll want to turn that stove on now - Enjoy!


-Rachel (AKA BabyStella)

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