Friday, April 22, 2011

Garlicky Creamy Broccoli Soup

This picture doesn't exactly scream excitement, but neither does broccoli soup.  It's simple, easy and a great recipe to have on hand on a day when you have no idea what to eat and a head of broccoli is sitting in your fridge.  That's exactly the situation I found myself in the day I made this.  B came home from work not hungry, but I still wanted dinner.  He had declared that this would be "yuck" and didn't want it, so I decided to make it for myself.

The most interesting thing I learned while making this is that there's a basic ratio for "cream of" soup.  It's 3-2-1.  3 parts stock, 2 parts vegetable, 1 part dairy.  I upped the vegetable part a bit and still found this to be on the thin side, but it's really tasty.

And baby lady was rocking back and forth in her high chair trying to get at it, she loved it that much.

Serves 4 as a first course soup, or two as a main dish
2 1/4 c. broccoli florets, chopped fine and divided
3 1/2 c. vegetable stock
3 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
1 c. whole milk
salt and pepper to taste

Combine 2 c. of the broccoli and the stock in a saucepan and simmer, covered until the broccoli is just tender, about 10 minutesDuring the last minutes of cooking, add the garlic.

In a separate small saucepan, combine the 1/4 c. broccoli with the remaining 1/2 c. stock.  Simmer until the broccoli is tender.  Set aside.

Puree in a blender, probably in batches unless your blender is enormous, until very smooth.  Stir in the milk and reheat gently, but do not boil.  Season to taste and serve.

adapted from The Minimalist Cooks at Home by Mark Bittman

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  1. What a simple recipe, Maybe more veggies next time? I love a thick soup. Maybe some more cheese too :)

  2. If Baby Lady liked it then it must be good. I'm beginning to really trust her judgment! Great looking soup. Perfect for dipping some naught Asiago cheese bread him. Mmm...

    Oh and by the way, that trick with the lime and salt water will help 'de-fishy' any type of fish. It's a good way to avoid the badness that comes with frozen fish :)

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  4. Hi, just wanted to let you know I tagged you in this game, play if you have time. Your recipes look so good girl. Happy Easter.

  5. Oh this soup sounds really good! You know you have a winner recipe when the youngest in the household loved it!

  6. I've given you an award today over at Deep Dish :)

  7. I have to argue with you that this soup does indeed excite me! Love creamy soups, especially broccoli. (Put an immersion blender on your wish list!)



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