Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipes: Smooth and Velvety

Let’s talk about one of those soups that just feels like a warm hug on a chilly day – cream of broccoli soup. Now, if you’re thinkin’, “Isn’t that the kinda soup that only your grandma loves?”, well, buckle up buttercup, ’cause we’re diving deep into this velvety bowl of goodness with some recipes that’ll have you saying, “More, please!”

Why Cream of Broccoli Soup?

First things first, why do we even love this soup? Imagine a scenario: it’s cold outside, maybe there’s a slight drizzle (or a full-on snowstorm, who knows?), and you’re cozied up inside with a blanket. Now, what’s missin’ from this picture? A bowl of hot, creamy, and rich broccoli soup, of course! Not only is it delicious, but its also packed with nutrients. Broccoli is basically a green powerhouse – loaded with vitamins C and K, fiber, and some antioxidants to boot. And when you blend it into a creamy soup? Ooh, la la!

Basic Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipe

Let’s start with a basic recipe. Simple, straightforward, and oh-so-yummy. Heres what youll need:

  • 1 large head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Saut the Veggies: In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until they’re soft and fragrant. (I love that smell, dont you?)
  2. Add Broccoli and Broth: Toss in the chopped broccoli and pour in the broth. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until the broccoli is tender. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Blend It Up: Use an immersion blender to blend the soup until it’s smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully transfer the soup to a regular blender in batches. (Watch out, its hot!)
  4. Add the Cream: Stir in the heavy cream and let the soup heat through. Dont let it boil, just get it nice and warm.
  5. Season to Taste: Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with some crusty bread. Yummm!

Jazzing It Up: Variations and Additions

Alright, so you got the basic recipe down. But why stop there? Let’s get a lil’ fancy, shall we? Here are some variations and additions to take your cream of broccoli soup to the next level:

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Cheese makes everything better, right? To turn your soup into a cheesy delight, simply stir in 1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese after blending the soup. Stir until the cheese is melted and well combined. Voila, cheesy broccoli goodness!

Bacon and Broccoli Soup

Everythings better with bacon! Fry up some bacon until it’s crispy. Crumble it up and sprinkle it on top of your soup just before serving. You can also stir some into the soup for that smoky flavor throughout.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

If you wanna mix things up, add some cauliflower! Replace half of the broccoli with cauliflower for a different twist. The cauliflower adds a subtle sweetness and creamy texture that pairs perfectly with the broccoli.

Personal Tips and Tricks

Now, let me share a few personal tips that I’ve learned along the way:

  • Make It Thicker: If you like your soup on the thicker side, you can add a potato or two while the broccoli is cooking. Theyll blend up nicely and add some extra body to the soup.
  • Go Green: Add a handful of spinach or kale before blending for an extra boost of greens. It wont change the flavor much, but youll get all those extra nutrients.
  • Herb It Up: Fresh herbs like thyme, parsley, or chives can add a lovely fresh note. Sprinkle some on top before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Alright, now that we have our delicious soup ready, what should we serve it with? Here are some ideas:

  • Crusty Bread: A warm, crusty baguette or some sourdough bread is perfect for dunking. Mmm, I can almost taste it!
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Go all out comfort food with a classic grilled cheese on the side.
  • Salad: A light, fresh salad can be a great counterpoint to the rich, creamy soup. Think something with a citrusy vinaigrette.

Real-Life Context: Broccoli Soup Around the World

Now, you might be wonderin’, is this creamy broccoli soup just a Western thing? Nope! Folks around the globe enjoy variations of this comforting dish.

United Kingdom

In the UK, they love their “broccoli and stilton soup”. Stilton is a type of blue cheese that adds a unique, tangy flavor. Imagine the rich creaminess of our broccoli soup with a punch of blue cheese. Oh la la!

Italy

In Italy, they have something called “zuppa di broccoli”. It’s often a bit lighter and sometimes includes other vegetables like potatoes or carrots, and is flavored with Italian herbs like oregano and basil. Buon appetito!

Some Fun Anecdotes and Reflections

Let me tell you a lil’ story. The first time I made cream of broccoli soup, I was in college, broke as a joke, and it was one of those “lets see what I have in the fridge” meals. Turns out, I only had some broccoli, an onion, and a carton of milk that was on its last legs. I threw it all in a pot, crossed my fingers, and hoped for the best. And guess what? It was surprisingly decent! Thats the beauty of this soup it’s forgiving and versatile. You can tweak it to suit what you have on hand and your personal taste.

Resources and Further Reading

For those of you who are visual learners, here are some awesome YouTube videos that can guide you through the process:


  • – Chef John has a great way of explaining things, and his recipes are always top-notch.

  • – For a cheesy twist, this video is fantastic.

And if you’re interested in learning more about the nutritional benefits of broccoli, check out this article from Healthline.

Wrapping It Up

So there you have it, folks! A deep dive into the world of cream of broccoli soup. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a kitchen newbie, this soup is a fantastic addition to your repertoire. Its creamy, comforting, and oh-so-delicious. Plus, its a great way to sneak in those veggies. Give it a try, and let me know how it turns out. And remember, cooking is all about experimenting and having fun, so dont be afraid to make it your own. Happy cooking!

Whats your favorite way to enjoy broccoli soup? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below. Lets get the conversation going!

Catch y’all later!