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Broccoli Cream Soup

This delicious broccoli soup is adapted from "Martha Stewart's Cooking School."

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups Basic Chicken Stock, plus more as needed
  • 1 head broccoli (about 1 3/4 pounds), trimmed and cut into florets; peel and cut stems crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute (the flour should not take on any color).

  2. Step 2

    Pour in stock, whisking until fully incorporated, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, whisking often, until thickened, about 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Add broccoli stems and season with salt and pepper. Return to a boil, stirring to combine. Add florets and return to a boil. Reduce heat and gently simmer until broccoli is tender enough to mash with the back of a spoon, 10 to 20 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Working in batches, transfer broccoli mixture to the jar of a blender, bowl of a food processor, or puree through a food mill fitted with a fine or coarse disk, or an immersion blender. Strain soup through a fine mesh sieve into a clean pot, pressing down on solids.

  5. Step 5

    Set pot of soup over low heat and whisk in cream, if using. Thin with more stock or water, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October Fall 2008

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Reviews (12)

  • louisejorgensen 25 Mar, 2013

    I substituted the chicken both for vegetable broth (much more healthy and delicious) and the heavy cream for coconut cream (healthier and not cruel). Very delicious, thank you!

  • lerchysgirl1979 17 Oct, 2011

    I never made Broccoli Cream soup before. This recipe is great! It was easy to make and taste great! My husband loved it. I used the heavy cream, I wanted it thick and creamy. Fabulous!

  • KathleenBrady 12 Jan, 2011

    I love this recipe! Really delicious and pretty easy to put together. After making it several times I decided to leave out the heavy cream -- it tastes delicious and it's less calories!

  • jesshollenbach 26 Feb, 2010

    This is my favorite broccoli soup recipe! It tastes just as good as any fine restaurant i've ever been too.

  • eamjm 21 Oct, 2008

    I don't know why my comments posted 3x. Sorry everyone!

  • eamjm 21 Oct, 2008

    I don't know why my comments posted 3x. Sorry everyone!

  • eamjm 21 Oct, 2008

    I had some asparagus I needed to use up so I made it with that instead. I tasted a tiny bit before putting into the freezer and it tasted really good. I didn't add cream and added a splash more stock at the end. I can't wait to get the new book.

  • eamjm 21 Oct, 2008

    I had some asparagus I needed to use up so I made it with that instead. I tasted a tiny bit before putting into the freezer and it tasted really good. I didn't add cream and added a splash more stock at the end. I can't wait to get the new book.

  • eamjm 21 Oct, 2008

    I had some asparagus I needed to use up so I made it with that instead. I tasted a tiny bit before putting into the freezer and it tasted really good. I didn't add cream and added a splash more stock at the end. I can't wait to get the new book.

  • eamjm 21 Oct, 2008

    I had some asparagus I needed to use up so I made it with that instead. I tasted a tiny bit before putting into the freezer and it tasted really good. I didn't add cream and added a splash more stock at the end. I can't wait to get the new book.

  • eamjm 21 Oct, 2008

    I had some asparagus I needed to use up so I made it with that instead. I tasted a tiny bit before putting into the freezer and it tasted really good. I didn't add cream and added a splash more stock at the end. I can't wait to get the new book.

  • eamjm 21 Oct, 2008

    I had some asparagus I needed to use up so I made it with that instead. I tasted a tiny bit before putting into the freezer and it tasted really good. I didn't add cream and added a splash more stock at the end. I can't wait to get the new book.