My husband balks when he observes me cooking with butter, cream and half-and-half. Yet when I told him I was making a broccoli soup, he requested that it be thick and creamy. What is it we find so comforting about hot, creamy soups at this time of the year?
I could have thickened the brew with a butter-flour roux and finished the soup with the addition of cream or half-and-half, but with soups such as this, there’s really no need — the puréed potatoes and broccoli stems thicken it a-plenty.
I love the flavor of broccoli in this soup; it has a subtle taste of tarragon. I also enjoy the texture of the broccoli florets added in the last few minutes of cooking time — but they may be cooked and puréed with the stalks, if desired.
This makes a big pot of soup so feel free to halve the ingredients. Broccoli soups are about the only soups I don’t like when they’re one to two days old; the flavor seems a bit off to me. I freeze any leftovers the day the soup is made.
We enjoyed this soup with a rustic-styled olive bread.
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