This time of year, when it starts getting chilly, I look forward to warm soups served with bread. This morning at the farmers market I bought three beautiful heads of broccoli from Shade River Farms and thought instantly of my mom's cream of broccoli soup.
I made the recipe below using Snowville 2% milk, and added a little Laurel Valley Creamery's Cora shredded on top.
Cream of Broccoli Soup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 8 cups broccoli florets
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- ground black pepper to taste
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium sized stock pot, and saute onion and celery until tender. Add broccoli and broth, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Pour the soup into a blender or food processor, being careful not to fill more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a clean pot. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup right in the cooking pot.
- In small saucepan, over medium-heat melt 3 tablespoons butter, stir in flour and add milk. Stir until thick and bubbly, and add to soup. Season with pepper and serve.