Creamy Broccoli Soup with Croutons

Serving Size: 12
Prep Time:
Total Time:

Ingredients

  • 2 large heads broccoli, stems peeled
  • 0.5 cup milk
  • 0.5 cup heavy cream
  • freshly ground pepper
  • salt
  • 4 cup water
  • 1 Quart low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • bite-size croutons, for serving

Directions

1. Separate the broccoli stems from the heads. Measure out 3 cups of small florets and reserve. Coarsely chop the remaining broccoli. In a large pot, melt the butter in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the onion, cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the coarsely chopped broccoli to the pot along with the broth and water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the broccoli is tender, about 20 minutes. Add 2 cups of the reserved florets, cover and simmer until barely tender, about 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the remaining 1 cup of florets and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over moderate heat until richly browned, about 6 minutes.

3. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until very smooth. Transfer the soup to a clean saucepan. Stir in the cream and milk and bring to a simmer over moderate heat, stirring a few times. Season the soup with salt and pepper and ladle into bowls. Garnish with the sautéed florets and croutons and serve.

Make Ahead: The soup can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently.

Recipe Credit: Marcia Kiesel
Image Credit: Frances Janisch