Freezing cold temperatures, rainy weather. Good for two things. Staying in bed and eating soup. I made the soup and Karen made the sandwiches with some leftovers that she threw together after coming home from work.
I was shocked to look back and realize that I’ve never posted about my cream of broccoli soup. It’s such a staple at our house; we have it about once a month during the winter. I’m sure Karen’s getting sick of it these days, but the boys seem to enjoy it. I took the recipe from my favorite soup cookbook and made a few minor modifications.
On an episode of Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay gives his recipe for a broccoli soup. It consists of broccoli, water, and salt. He pits it against someone else’s and asks a “random” taster “which one tastes more of broccoli?” His may taste more like broccoli than mine, but I’d rather eat mine any day of the week.
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Okay, first things first. They say to procure two pounds of fresh broccoli, cut off the florets and peel the stems. Peel the stems? Hello? That sounds like work! Buy an extra pound and just use the florets. Seriously. Now, it says to use two leeks, but the leeks we get here are kinda pathetic so I use one of those bunches of three (and in this case there were four). Add one small onion and a rib of celery and sweat in some olive oil in your favorite soup pot (don’t forget to add some kosher salt).
While that’s cooking go ahead and turn this
It actually went pretty quick this time, I was amazed. Toss the florets in and cook for a few more minutes, until they turn a bright and pleasing shade of green.
This is where it gets kinda weird. The recipe calls for me to add a quarter cup of flour, but I’m not exactly sure why. I mean, it all works out in the end I suppose so maybe it needs that little bit of thickening. Whatever, add the flour and cook, stirring frequently, for 2-4 minutes (the flour will stick to the bottom of the pot; don’t let it burn).
Add the stock a little at a time at first so the flour doesn’t form lumps, then put in the rest (a quart and a half total). Simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until those florets begin to disintegrate a little. Then you can finish the job with my new favorite kitchen tool:
If you like to make soup and you don’t have a stick blender, get one. It is way easier than what the cookbook tells you to do. When the soup has been pulverized enough add a half cup of heated heavy cream, the juice of one quarter of a lemon, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with some steamed florets if you have the energy.
It may seem like a lot of steps, but I’ve noticed that the same basic steps are repeated for a lot of different soups. So I’m starting to get the hang of it.