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December 28, 2010

Broccoli Puree Soup

Kirk had a broccoli soup at some restaurant a few weeks ago and bet me that I couldn’t make one at home that was just as good, but lower fat. That is what he does when he really wants me to make something because he knows I’m competitive 🙂

So, last night I just googled a few things and winged it! I’m finally comfortable enough to do that… about time!

This is exactly how I made it, but you can do your own variation!  I’ve posted the two recipes that I read before tackling.  Happy cooking!

Ingredients:
2 second pour of EVOO
1/2 tsp each salt, ground pepper and onion powder  (i just did a few shakes…)
1/4 tsp nutmeg (2 shakes…)
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
1 large bag of frozen broccoli (yields 4-5 cups chopped)
2 cups chicken stock (1 small can)
1 cup Silk soy milk – plain
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Directions:
Thaw out broccoli in the large soup pot with a small amount of water over med heat (just until thawed). Prepare celery and potato.   Using the same pot you thawed out the broccoli in (with all water dumped out), heat EVOO over medium and saute celery with salt, pepper, nutmeg and onion powder for 3-4 minutes. Coarsely chop thawed broccoli while celery is sauteing. Add broccoli, potato, chicken stock and milk to soup pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down to low to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Keep covered. Remove from heat and use immersion blender to puree soup – be sure to keep the neck below the surface to prevent splattering!

There are lots of variations that you can take from here. Sub all low fat milk…. use vegetable broth instead of chicken stock…. add carrot or more celery…. change up the spices… add bacon (Kirk did this the next day and said it was awesome)!!!

We had this as the main meal and it was plenty filling, no meat or side was needed! We just served it hot with a Hawaiian roll left over from Christmas Dinner 🙂

Base recipes I read before tackling:
http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/soup1/r/broccolisoup.htm
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/broccoli-and-cheese-soup-with-croutons-recipe/index.html

**Pictures to come soon**

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