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Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Lisa Kamolnick
Cream of broccoli soup is a creamy, flavorful and nutritious soup Recipe includes low sodium, vegetarian and gluten-free versions.
Total Time 45 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 5 cups

Ingredients
  

Veggies and broth

  • 1 medium to large broccoli bunch
  • 4 C vegetable or chicken broth use low sodium if you are watching sodium intake
  • ¼ tsp salt skip for low sodium version
  • tsp white pepper black if fine if you don’t have white on hand
  • ½ C diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Cream and thickener

  • ½ tsp xanthan gum and ½ C half & half milk or nondairy equivalent like plain soy OR white sauce: 1 ½ tsp butter, 1 ½ tsp flour and ¾ milk or nondairy equivalent

Instructions
 

  • Chop florets in to bite size pieces and set aside. Dice broccoli stems, onions and garlic.
  • Add stock to a stock pot.
  • Place all veggies except florets along with spices in the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until softened.
  • Purée using hand blender or in a blender.
  • If making soup with white sauce: over medium heat, melt butter and stir in flour until completely blended. Add milk, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. It’s very important to stir constantly. Combine soup mix and white sauce.
  • If making soup with xanthan gum and cream: add xanthan gum and cream to soup mixture. Stir well and break up any lumps that may form.
  • Add broccoli florets and cook on medium until florets become tender. Adjust thickness to desired consistency by adding more flour or xanthan gum to thicken or more broth to thin.
  • Hand blend on medium or coarse in a blender if you prefer the soup a little chunky, finer if want a very well blended texture.
    Cream of Broccoli Soup
  • Top with any combination of cheese, sour cream, plain yogurt, dried peppers or hot sauce as desired.

Notes

Serving Suggestions
Serve as a side with a sandwich, salad or entree, or use as an appetizer.
Keyword broccoli, broccoli soup, gluten-free option, low sodium option, soup, vegetarian option