Bright Broccoli Soup
~ Mary ~
Since moving to Minneapolis I’ve had a hard time finding quality produce at a reasonable price. My first forays were a disaster and I whined about it at length. Katy had suggested over, and over, that Costco was probably going to be my best option. I was hard pressed, as it’s just John and I and that’s some serious bulk that I’d have to use up in a short amount of time. I really missed my A&G grocery store! So much so that I googled my dilemma only to find out I wasn’t the first Chicago transplant that bemoaned the shortage of great produce in Minneapolis. Turns out, Chicago is a huge hub for transportation of many products, among them produce, which enables that city to sell a huge variety of beautiful and bountiful produce at such a great price to consumers.
I finally realized I was not going to win in my search and headed off to Costco, pouting. Among other things, I bought a huge bag of broccoli, ate a lot of broccoli, got tired of broccoli, and then proceeded to buy more broccoli. What I was thinking, I’m not sure, but it must have been because I was about to encounter this marvelous soup from Molly Wizenberg’s blog Orangette. It’s such a stunning recipe, that I now buy two bags of broccoli when I’m at Costco and whip up a double batch of this every time!
Bright Broccoli Soup
adapted slightly from Orangette
In a large soup pot sauté, in Olive Oil, until translucent:
2 Leeks, sliced using light green and white part only
1 Onion, coarsely chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 ½ lb Broccoli, both crowns and stems, trimmed and coarsely chopped
5 cups Chicken Stock
2″ square of Parmesan Cheese
¾ tsp Kosher Salt
Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, partially covered, until the broccoli is very tender, about 20 minutes.
Use an immersion blender to blend soup into a fine purée.
Stir in 1/3 Cup of Sour Cream Topping – recipe below – return to low heat until ready to serve.
Add another dollop go the Sour Cream Topping when placing in serving bowls.
Sour Cream Topping
In medium bowl mix well:
1 cup Sour Cream
2 Green Onions, sliced
¼ cup Chives, minced
1 tsp Lemon Zest, grated
2 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
½ cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese
½ tsp Kosher Salt
¼ tsp pressed or minced Garlic
Taste, and adjust as necessary.