Monday, April 03, 2006

Spring into Green - Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup


It is supposed to be "Spring", but out here in the midwest, there is no sign of it yet!! The weekend was cloudy, windy, rainy and bleh! We wanted to enjoy this weekend of spring break and decided to just stay in at home and get cozy - switch on the fireplace, cuddle under blankets, watch movies and eat comfort food - so that's what we did.

Cream of Broccoli soup ranks high in my son's list of comfort food. From the time he could eat solids, he has loved spinach, broccoli and all things green. This weekend I decided to surprise him with his favorite soup. He was upstairs playing with a friend but his nose lured him downstairs. "I thought I smelled c-o-b soup!!!" He was delighted and waited impatiently while I took a few pictures of the soup.

I had a couple of hungry kids waiting to devour the end result, so I couldn't take a picture to my satisfaction, but the soup went down very well!!

I make it very simple, without a lot of added ingredients so the flavor is very simple and mild.

Creamy, Velvety, Smooth, Comforting, "Bowl of Green Goodness" - Cream of Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

1 cup of chopped broccoli
2 cups of milk
1 tbsp flour (All Purpose/maida)
1 tbsp butter
1/2 of a small piece of garlic (optional)
1 tbsp chopped white onion
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
  1. Finely chop the broccoli, garlic (if using) and onion. Chop really fine so that you can avoid having to puree or blend the soup later.
  2. Heat the butter in a saucepan.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and saute till translucent.
  4. Add the flour and saute till the flour turns a light brown and has a slight nutty aroma.
  5. Add the broccoli and saute a little.
  6. Add the milk and stir with a whisk to avoid lumping.
  7. Heat/boil till desired consistency.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Garnish with a small microwaved floret of broccoli.
  10. Serve with garlic bread.




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57 Comments:

At Mon Apr 03, 08:46:00 AM 2006, Blogger KrishnaArjuna said...

SH,
Broccoli soup looks yummy! Pictures are awesome(as usual)!!
I am not a huge fan of broccoli but the way you presented the soup makes me yearn for broccoli soup.

 
At Mon Apr 03, 09:14:00 AM 2006, Blogger MM said...

I agree - the soup looks fantastic and so does the picture!

 
At Mon Apr 03, 09:41:00 AM 2006, Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Saffron:
I am always after this soup. I love Chilli's C-O-B soup. I tried preparing from various sources, none to my taste. I am definitely going to try your version.
Pictures are great as usual. Thanks for sharing this recipe:)

 
At Mon Apr 03, 09:42:00 AM 2006, Blogger Santhi said...

my daughter is like ur son. She LOVES anything green.
I making this tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At Mon Apr 03, 10:03:00 AM 2006, Blogger Vineela said...

Hi SaffronHut,
Soup looks Yummy.
Pictures r great.
Vineela

 
At Mon Apr 03, 10:14:00 AM 2006, Blogger shammi said...

Looks beautiful - I cant imagine a better photo! Your kid must be one in a million, if he likes his grees :) Good for him!

 
At Mon Apr 03, 11:02:00 AM 2006, Blogger Luv2cook said...

I love Cream of Brocoli soup. The picture looks so good!

 
At Mon Apr 03, 11:06:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Gini said...

That pic says a lot..how did u manage the bread to stay like that? Your son must be very patient.

 
At Mon Apr 03, 11:19:00 AM 2006, Blogger Ashwini said...

Oh I love broccoli. The soup is perfect for a "pretend spring: :-)

 
At Mon Apr 03, 11:33:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks SH, for responding and posting the c-o-b soup so soon. Soup looks wonderful. You made my day! I am preparing this tonight.

Aparna

 
At Mon Apr 03, 11:52:00 AM 2006, Blogger RP said...

Looks delicious Saffron Hut. But if I have to puree the broccoli, which stage should I do it? My kid really doesn't like to bite on anything when she drinks soup! She would eat broccoli with yogurt dip. But I would prefer some stuff in my soup though.

 
At Mon Apr 03, 01:16:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

I simply love your photographs. You are very creative. Soup looks really yummy. What kind of flour should I use? I am pretty new to the cooking scene!;-)

 
At Mon Apr 03, 01:37:00 PM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

KA, thanks. Broccoli does not have many fans unfortunately!

MM, Thanks! and welcome to my blog.

KM I've never tried the Chillis version. I started making my own because wherever I ask, the soup usually has a chicken stock as a base :( Let me know how this compares to your fave.

Shanti, Vineela, Thanks!!

Shammi you are too kind!!

Gini Soon after this shot, the bread went for a dunk in the soup !!!

ashwini yup, till the real thing comes along!

Aparna you are welcome :)

RP You can puree it after the soup is done.

Anon All purpose flour. I've updated the recipe. As you can see, I'm new to the blogging scene as well :)

 
At Mon Apr 03, 01:45:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SH, looks yummy! Are you from Dallas by any chance? You can just give me a no, if you're not. I have a feeling i know you. You don't know me very well though.

 
At Mon Apr 03, 01:49:00 PM 2006, Blogger Shilpa said...

That looks so yummy. Last time when I bought Broccoli, I did not know what to do with it. This time I will prepare this soup...Thanks for the recipe.

 
At Mon Apr 03, 01:54:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon again.
Never mind the 'where are you from?'. I haven't read the post completely before i posted a comment. You're from Mid-west, so it can't be Dallas.

 
At Mon Apr 03, 02:14:00 PM 2006, Blogger BDSN said...

Man ur pictures look wonderful!! I totally love this soup..will try this soon...

 
At Mon Apr 03, 02:17:00 PM 2006, Blogger veggie said...

hey SH
ur pictures are breathtaking......and this broccoli soup hmm yummy i cud smell it from ur pic..no wonder ur son did..surely wanna try

 
At Mon Apr 03, 03:05:00 PM 2006, Anonymous shammi said...

That would be greens, not grees. *sigh* Typos!

 
At Mon Apr 03, 03:50:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Priya said...

Hey Saffron,
The soup looks delicious and the recipe is tooo simple to hold back without trying. I dont prefer broccoli...but will surely try this one.

 
At Mon Apr 03, 08:44:00 PM 2006, Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

Recipe sounds simple and delicious. Fantastic picture. I can relate to your comment about taking photos while people stand around waiting for the food!!

 
At Tue Apr 04, 12:57:00 AM 2006, Blogger Puspha said...

I love broccoli soup. Ur looks delicious.

 
At Tue Apr 04, 03:17:00 AM 2006, Blogger Vaishali said...

Hi SH,
I know it doesn't sound too polite, but I must say that I AM JEALOUS. How do you manage to post such great photographs? I am ever so unhappy with mine. Life is so unfair. Grrrr....

 
At Tue Apr 04, 08:19:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SH - looks yummy as usual! liked the way the bread was balanced on the side of the bowl - will give it a try! I bought a packet of c-o-b soup (just add the broccoli to the soup mix with water - but never made after reading all the ingredients) but this looks WAY better! (and so easy!) thx! (",) ABA

 
At Tue Apr 04, 11:07:00 AM 2006, Blogger Lakshmi said...

fantastic pictures.

 
At Tue Apr 04, 11:17:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Indira said...

Vijay loves broccoli soup (restaurant type), and I've never tried preparing it at home.

your recipe looks simple and easy and your kid loves it, that's good enough for me :), I'm going to try it, SF. See, if hubby likes it.:)
They are all babies, aren't they?:)

 
At Tue Apr 04, 12:50:00 PM 2006, Blogger Sumi said...

To my surprise, I also made broccoli soup for the weekend.May be the midwest weather made us think alike, but Its a pleasant and healthy change to the regular food we have over the weekends.
good pictures

 
At Tue Apr 04, 09:31:00 PM 2006, Blogger sailu said...

I wish my son loved his greens.I have to try all sorts of tricks to get him to eat them..:)
Nice recipe!

 
At Tue Apr 04, 09:34:00 PM 2006, Blogger sailu said...

I wish my son loved his greens.I have to try all sorts of tricks to get him to eat them..:)
Nice recipe!

 
At Wed Apr 05, 06:43:00 PM 2006, Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi,
Your Broccoli soup looks delicious.
Thanx for the recipe

 
At Thu Apr 06, 03:29:00 PM 2006, Blogger Faffer said...

I wish I could pick one of those shamosas off the monitor screen and pop it into my mouth. Lovely! And very creative too.

Faffer

 
At Thu Apr 06, 03:31:00 PM 2006, Blogger Faffer said...

Oops, scrolled down a bit too fast - that comment was meant for your shamosa post (like you didn't know :))

 
At Wed Apr 12, 02:02:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, This soup picture looks awesome. Though I don't have a craving for Broccoli, I know it's a nutritious vegetable.

I shall be trying this soup soon...

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At Fri May 19, 12:46:00 PM 2006, Blogger Babble said...

fantastic

 
At Tue Jul 18, 02:02:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey the soup looks great, what about the bowls where can I get those..

 
At Wed Jul 26, 09:57:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Lord are you an inspiration. I was stuck in a food rut these past few weeks and to break the boredom decided to try making besan burfi.Googling for a recipe I chanced upon your blogsite and I am speechless - beautiful pictures and recipes too - cant wait to try all of them.(especially since they are so nutritious - yes I have a picky 3 year old at home :)).Thank you as I said earlier you have inspired me
-Rashmi

 
At Mon Aug 14, 11:03:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello, thankyou for this soup post, we liked it but it didn't turn out thick as yours (looks like that in your pic)! Any suggestions??

 
At Wed Sep 13, 12:47:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello, thankyou for this soup post, we liked it but it didn't turn out thick as yours (looks like that in your pic)! Any suggestions??
-Tanvi

 
At Sat Sep 16, 12:44:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my son also loves broccoli!!!
i added some leftover corn and potatoes and topped it with grated cheddar cheese. mmm~ definitely a keeper!!!

 
At Tue Sep 19, 08:17:00 AM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

Anon the bowls are from Crate and Barrel. Not very expensive...

Tanvi If the soup is not as thick as you want it to be, next time add a little more flour. Also make sure the flour is toasted really well before you add the milk. Also boil the milk longer to thicken it up.

 
At Sat Sep 23, 08:10:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Sat Oct 14, 06:41:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Rashmi said...

Great soup ! - just tried the recipe and my picky 3 year old loved it(and he is not a broccoli fan)
Lovely Photos too.
Keep them coming
-Rashmi

 
At Wed Oct 18, 02:51:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just made myself a bowl and love it!..never knew something so good could come out of brocolli and that too with so lil effort!
thanks a ton!

Supriya

 
At Tue Jan 02, 09:12:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 2 year old daughter loves brocolli. She usually eats it plain cooked . Lately she has been picky with everything else (except brocolli ofcourse), so I am going to try this one for her pretty soon. Just hope she'll love it...

 
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At Thu Sep 20, 05:32:00 AM 2007, Anonymous mona said...

soup looks great!I love broccoli so do my younger one,we are going to try it.

 
At Sun Feb 24, 05:48:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

I love your site very much. I always want to try the recipes in ur site.
Pictures are great and inspiring to try that dish out. Gives the first impression that anyone one can try it and it's not so hard.
Your comments are nice.

 
At Tue Aug 19, 06:55:00 AM 2008, Blogger Alice said...

Yours is a wonderful blog . I loved every recipe shared here. I tried the cream of broccoli soup and that was yummy. Thanks for sharing this recipe:)

 
At Mon Aug 25, 12:29:00 PM 2008, Blogger Divya Vikram said...

Your recipe looks simple..Will try your version next time..Thanks for sharing..

 
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