Broccoli soup is not only a great tasting dish, but also one of my favorite ways to get move vegetable into my diet.  While I more than happy to have a couple broccoli florrets on the plate, I find them a bit boring.  But cooked in this soup, along with a few other ingredients, the broccoli takes on more complexity and flavor.  To add a bit of texture and of course another flavor, I’ll show you how to make some cheddar croutons, which add a great contrast.  Together, it’s a perfect way to start a meal, and will definitely win points, for the health diet crowd.

Recipe Overview and Keys to Success

  1. To help keep the vibrant green color don’t over cook the broccoli; once tender it’s time to blend
  2. I added a bit of bacon at the start, which you’ll want to render down until crisp; of course, if you want to keep it vegetarian, you can leave it out
  3. Similarly, I add a bit of cream at the end of cooking to add a bit of richness to the soup – you can also leave that out.

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 – 3 cups of coarsely chopped broccoli
  • 1 coarsely chopped onion
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 – 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 8 baguette slices
  • 4 oz of grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Croutons

  • Heat a soup pot over medium heat and add the chopped bacon (and a touch of olive oil if needed)
  • Render the bacon until crisp, and then add the onion and garlic
  • Stir and continue to sauté until the onions have softened, but not browned, about 8 minutes
  • Add the chopped broccoli, cover with the chicken stock and season with salt and pepper
  • Once the broccoli is tender, use a stick (or regular) blender to puree the soup
  • Add the cream and taste the soup, adjust the seasoning if needed
  • Heat your oven to 425 degrees
  • Light coat the baguette slices with olive oil, and then the grated cheese
  • Put the bread into the oven and toast until the cheese and melted and the bread slightly crisp
  • Serve up a bowl of the soup with a couple croutons on the side
  • Enjoy!

Wine Recommendation for Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Croutons

Broccoli is not the easiest food to pair with wine, but if I was going to I’d go with a Sauvignon Blanc.  The good amount of acid with cut through the rich soup.  However, what I’d really drink is a good dark beer!

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