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Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

November 16, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The broccoli season is here and what nicer, than a warming broccoli soup!

 

 

 

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Easy

 

 

 

Four persons

 

 

 

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time : 1/2 hr

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 large head of broccoli ( 1/2 kilo ) crisp and dark green ( not yellowing )!

1 medium onion peeled and diced

50 grams butter

1 -1.5 litres of home made chicken or beef stock

A dash of cream (Optional )

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Method

  1. Choose a nice crisp, dark green head of broccoli. If it is soft or at all yellowing, it is not fresh. It will also yellow if you keep it in the fridge for more than a day, so it is best to use it straight away.
  2. Place broccoli in a large bowl of salted water for five minutes and if picked straight from your garden, inspect it carefully for any caterpillars!
  3. Trim stalk and cut up into 1 cm slices. Break florets into small pieces and reserve in  a bowl.
  4. Peel and finely chop onion, add to medium sized saucepan along with butter and sauté until transparent, 3-4 minutes over a medium heat stirring continuously. Do not allow to colour.
  5. Add broccoli pieces to saucepan, cover with grease proof paper and a lid and allow to sweat over a low heat for five minutes.
  6. Pour over beef or chicken stock to just cover the vegetables and gently simmer, lid off this time, to stop vegetables discolouring until stalks are tender and cooked through. 10-15 mins. Test with a sharp fork.
  7. When soup is cool, place in blender. Taste for seasoning and add a little cream for a richer end result.
  8. Serve piping hot, together with hot crusty bread.

 

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

 

This is what you are aiming for.

 

 

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

After soaking broccoli in cold salted water, cut stalk into 1 cm slices and break up florets into small pieces.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Place in bowl ready for cooking.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Peal and dice onion.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Add to medium sized saucepan, along with butter and sauté over a medium heat, stirring continuously until transparent. 3-4 minutes.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Add broccoli pieces to saucepan.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Cover with grease-proof paper and lid. Sweat over a ‘low’ heat for five minutes.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Pour over chicken or beef stock to just cover your vegetables.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Simmer gently “Uncovered” so broccoli does not discolour and until stalks are soft.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Place in blender and whizz until smooth.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Add more stock if necessary to get right consistency. The soup should be on the thick side and taste for seasoning. Add a little cream for extra richness.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Pour into warm soup tureen.

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

Serve with hot crusty bread……

 

Cream Of Broccoli Soup ©

…..and a glass of wine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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