December 12, 2013

Broccoli Soup




         Broccoli is not a widely available vegetable in India, so I had no knowledge about it. Infact I got to taste this vegetable on my Flight journey to the USA and later on fell for the Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Subway and Panera Bread. Have heard many people are not too fond of this vegetable and kids just run away...luckily all 3 of us in our family are broccoli lovers. Sauteed or Steamed with some salt and pepper, we love to munch. 




This week Fall Fest features Broccoli and here I am with a Simple soup using Broccoli. This light green soup that can be made easily with ingredients that are available in our pantry all the time. You can make this quickly for large parties too. Thickness of soup is decided by you so make them light or Thick and have them for a cozy winter.





Ingredients:     Servings: 4 people
Broccoli - 1 Big Floret
Onion - 1 small
Celery - 3 sticks
Chicken Broth - 14 oz can (Vegetable Stock can also be used)
Milk - 1/4 cup
Water - 8 cups (To boil broccoli)
Butter - 2 tablespoons
Corn Flour - 1 tablespoon (All purpose flour can be substituted)
Salt - as needed
Pepper - 1/4 teaspoon



Method:
  • Boil water with salt in a sauce pan. Add Broccoli, cover and cook for 5 minutes on the same boiling temperature, Switch off stove.


  • Strain Broccoli and Keep the boiled water (as we can use this to dilute soup if it gets thick). Once cooled use a blender and Puree cooked broccoli with 1/2 cup of its cooked water (remember to pulse 2 or 3 times slowly before running the blender at a high speed).


  • Chop Celery and Onion. In a stock pot, heat butter and add chopped Celery and Onions. Cook until they are tender soft.


  • Add in Chicken broth. When it starts to boil, add pureed Broccoli. Stir well, close and simmer for 5 minutes.


  • In a bowl Mix Corn flour and milk together. Add this mixture to the Broccoli soup getting ready in the stock pot, stir well with some salt and pepper, let it cook on medium flame for 10 more minutes (If soup looks thick then reduce the thickness by adding remaining water in which broccoli was cooked).




Soup is READY!



Fall Fest Event of Food Network Features "BROCCOLI" this week
Check out for more exciting Broccoli recipes from my Fall Fest Friends in the below links:


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