Kelsey called me the other day and said, “Mom, the recipe for broccoli soup is not on the blog.” Hmm, well that is because there is no recipe. I always make it up as I go, usually to use up leftover broccoli.
So, here is basically what I told her.
In a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp. butter or butter and olive oil
Saute until softened:
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, sliced thinly
1 stalk celery, sliced thinly
Add 2-3 cups of water or vegetable or chicken broth. If using water, add 1 tsp. bouillon.
Add 1 small potato (optional)
Broccoli (if uncooked)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. garlic power, optional
Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
Blend this up with an immersion blender.
Add milk or half and half, to desired creaminess (about 1 cup). If you would like a thicker soup, blend 2 Tbsp. flour with 3-4 Tbsp. water. Stir the slurry into the soup a little at a time until desired thickness. The soup must be allowed to almost boil before the flour will thicken.
Serve with grated cheddar cheese.