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Cream of Broccoli Soup

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

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Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipe

Ah, creamed soup! That standby of childhood... a friend at the sickbed... and the final resting place of many a leftover. Creamed soup can be as simple as cooked, puréed vegetables with a little broth added, or as fancy as a highly spiced mixture of pumpkin, curry and heavy cream. This all-purpose cream of broccoli soup falls somewhere in the middle. It's a lovely emerald-green, just the thing to set on the table when the winter landscape outside varies only from white to gray to brown. Other vegetables (or chicken, or turkey) can be substituted for the broccoli in equal amounts, with only slight variations in seasoning.

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Yield
10 cups, about 7 servings

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups (2 medium) onions, chopped
  • 4 cups broccoli cuts, fresh, or one 16-oz. bag or two 10-oz. packages frozen broccoli cuts
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 2 cups milk, half & half, or evaporated milk

Instructions

  1. Combine chicken broth, onions, broccoli, thyme, bay leaf and garlic cloves.
  2. Bring to a boil. Simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper.
  4. Add milk gradually, stirring constantly until all milk is added; mixture will be lumpy at first, but will smooth out as you keep stirring.
  5. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture bubbles and thickens.
  6. Remove and discard bay leaf from broccoli/broth mixture.
  7. Purée in batches in blender or food processor for 30 seconds, or until very smooth.
  8. Transfer to large bowl. Add milk mixture, stirring until well combined.
  9. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve hot.
  10. Store, well-covered, for 5 days in the fridge, or freeze for up to 3 months.