Broccoli Soup – as you like it

July 27, 2008

Broccoli Soup – as you like it

Paula Karrer, Tucson CSA

Here’s a quick broccoli soup that can be as healthy or decadent as you like – makes one generous serving

The bare minimum:

cooking fat of your choice

½ medium onion

garlic, if you wish

1 CSA portion broccoli (or cooked leftover broccoli)*

chicken (or vegetable) broth – estimate about as much as will needed to just cover the broccoli once it’s in the p an

salt and pepper, or any other seasonings you think you would like

splash of milk or cream

If you’re feeling hungry:

more cream, milk or plain or a combination thereof

grated cheese (cheddar is nice) a good ½ cup or more, if you like

And if you want to go all the way:

a slice of toasted French bread

more cheddar cheese

Separate the broccoli florets and leaves from the stems. Peel the stems and roughly chop them. Break the florets into smallish pieces.

Saute the onions in the cooking fat of your choice. Add some minced garlic if you like, and sauté a few moments.

Add the broth, about as much as you think will be needed to cover the broccoli (don’t worry, you can always add extra later, if you need it) and put in the broccoli stems, since these take longest to cook. When the stems are almost done, add the florets, and finally, the leaves.

Once the broccoli is tender, puree everything in the blender. Thin the soup with more broth if needed and enrich with some milk, cream. and/or plain yogurt.

Season as desired.

At this point, you have a healthy, yummy, every day soup. For a hearty meal continue:

Add a bit more of the cream/milk/yogurt if you like and put the soup back in the pan and heat to simmering. Stir in the cheddar cheese off the heat until it melts. Stir in as much as you’d like. Serve immediately or continue as below.

For a special treat:

Put the soup in an oven proof crock, float the toast on top, sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top of the soup and run under the broiler until brown and bubbly! Mmm!

*If you are using leftover cooked broccoli, skip the additional cooking time once it is added to the broth, and proceed directly to the blender.

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