Cream of Broccoli Soup

August 10, 2012

 

I had some broccoli just waiting to be used up in my fridge the other day, and knowing that I had a very busy week in front of me, I decided to make a quick and easy cream of broccoli soup for a simple go-to dinner.
Light and refreshing, this cream of broccoli soup is remarkably creamy, yet slightly misleading; I don’t actually use cream in the recipe. By using whole milk (2% will also work but will be slightly less thick) this recipe yields a rich and creamy soup, without feeling as if you went overboard. (If you’re looking for an indulgent treat, however, by all means use half and half or heavy cream. I’m sure it would be incredible.)
What’s more, this is one of those wonderful recipes where the flavor improves as it sits. In fact, I like to throw the soup together before work, and then when I get home, I have an incredibly flavored dinner waiting for me to simply reheat. Easy.
Serve this soup alongside some tasty focaccia and you have a perfect meal, enjoy!
What is your favorite vegetable soup? Let me know below!
Paula’s Notes: I like to leave some texture to my soup, so when it is ready to be puréed, I remove about 1-2 cups of broccoli and set them aside. After puréeing the rest with my immersion blender, I then reincorporate the remaining broccoli for a smooth, yet perfectly textured cream of broccoli soup.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

 Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 large vidalia onion – chopped
  • 1 stalk celery – thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot – thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
  • 1 lb broccoli florets (about 8 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (gluten free, if desired)
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • Salt – to taste (depends on the saltiness of your stock) I used about 1/4 tsp.
  • Cracked black pepper – to taste
Directions:
  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium sized stock pot
  2. Add onion, celery, and carrot and sauté until tender. Add garlic for the last 30-45 seconds.
  3. Add broccoli and broth to vegetables and cover, simmering for 15-20 minutes, or until tender.
  4. If you prefer a textured soup, remove 1-2 cups broccoli and set aside.
  5. Using an immersion blender, purée the remaining soup in the pot.
    • Alternatively, you can purée the soup in batches in a blender, but be careful working with hot liquids under pressure; don’t overfill and hold down the lid tightly. Return soup to pot.
  6. In small saucepan over medium-heat melt 3 tablespoons butter.
  7. Stir in flour and allow to cook about 20-30 seconds to cook out the flour taste.
  8. Slowly stream in milk, whisking constantly until thick and bubbly, and add to soup.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Recipe slightly adapted from Allrecipes

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4 Comments

  • Reply Holly August 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    mmmmmmmm. I love cream of broccoli soup. Any thoughts of how I could make soup without a blender? I'm leaving mine in Provence and I've been trying to think of a way to make soup without it but I can't come up with anything other than getting a meat pounder out and making a mess.

    • Reply Paula M August 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Luckily you can easily make this without a blender! Just let the soup boil until the brocoli is overly tender, and then mash it with a potato masher or even the back of a wooden spoon or fork. It will easily fall apart. I just use my immersion blender because it is quicker. It wont even be too big of a mess 🙂

    • Reply Holly August 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Excellent. I was wondering if that would work for things like butternut squash and carrot soups. I'll have to try it and let you know how it goes. I'm so going to miss my blender.

    • Reply Paula M August 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Please do! I bet it would work if you let it cook long enough. I bet you will miss your blender! Could you buy a little cheap one when you move?

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