Friday, March 9, 2012

A Need for Green-Broccoli Soup

I'm still thinking about what to prepare for our St. Patrick's day feast.  I'm leaning away from a corned  beef brisket since we'll only be two.  However, that would mean we'd have no leftover brisket for the baker to prepare his delicious sandwiches from later in the week.  Of course, there's always the deli corned beef.

In the meantime, I felt we should start putting something green on the table and sat down to make a grocery list.  In checking the crisper drawers and pantry, I found I had all the ingredients to do a cream of broccoli soup.  I use the word "cream" lightly because, well it is very light on cream.  In fact, it has no cream at all--just a dollop of half and half.  It's delicious!  I'm eating the soup as I prepare this post.

The soup is my need for something warm as well as green.  After some spectacular weather--Wednesday graced us with a high of 65--today is windy and cold.  Truly we don't need cold weather to enjoy a good bowl of soup around here.  In fact, we enjoy it year around.

Here is today's bowl:

Broccoli Soup from refrigerator and pantry

Broccoli, about 1 pound, separated into florets with stems peeled and rough chopped
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
1 quart of good chicken or vegetable stock (I used chicken)
Salt and Pepper
Half and Half, about 1/4 cup

Put all ingredients, except salt, pepper and half and half, into a large pot, bring to a slight boil.  Lower heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are soft.  Salt and pepper to taste. Puree with an immersion blender (or regular blender/food processor).  If you have an immersion blender (I don't know what I did without one), you can puree it right in the pot and cleanup is a breeze!  Add half and half to taste.



  1. looks good from here and it is GREEN

  2. This looks dee-lish! I am making right now an asparagus soup in the crock pot with an onion and potato. And, I love my immersion blender!

  3. It's green, it looks delicious, so it works great for St. Patrick's Day! It would be perfect for this chilly day!!!

  4. Oh, I love broccoli soup. My daughter recently found a "copy cat" recipe for Panera's broccoli cheese soup. We have been OD'ing on that this winter.

    The weather definitely is up and down this month, isn't it? We had 3 inches of snow March 1st, then March 4th, it was about 62 degrees...warm enough for me to sit outside. Then March 6th it was cold and nasty again. I guess that's March everywhere.

    I LOVE that you love "A Place in the Sun." (Of course, I know you have a special fondness for Montgomery Clift, don't you?) Seriously, I could watch that movie every month. I never tire of it.

    Have a great weekend.


  5. You have to buy brisket to make reuben sandwiches with the leftovers!

    Or my reuben pizza with rye caraway seed crust - so good! I may need to make that again - soon.

    Temps in the 60's this weekend - woot!

  6. I love broccoli soup, actually it's a veggie both boys like too:@)

  7. I am finding that St. Patrick's Day is a much bigger deal in Chicago, than it ever was in Seattle. So I might make my friend Rita's Soda Bread. This soup would be a perfect companion. Thanks, Bonnie.


  8. Looks delicious. I know the feeling when one needs the feel for green...Not just for St. Patty's Day but just to feel good.

    Gordon Ramsey has a broccoli soup recipe that is very minimalist and is very good.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.


  9. What a perfect soup for St. Paddy's Day! I usually make broccoli cheese soup but this recipe really highlights the broccoli flavor and I can't wait to try it.

  10. I am printing this, it looks divine!! I have made lots and lots of broccoli soup just like this, used to make it once a week. Only the difference is I never pureed it!!! Looking forward to trryig it!

  11. Looks SO delicious! I love broccoli soup... your cornbread looks delish too!

  12. I love that this version has no cheese in it. Delicious and healthy!

  13. Your brocoli soups sounds delicious, Bonnie! I like new ways to serve vegetables.

  14. Now what you need to do is combine the broccoli soup with the cornbread...what a lovely lunch that would be. I love soup!

  15. I made a similar soup last week but using cauliflower. I love my immersion blender, too!


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