Wednesday, January 13

Mean Green Veggie Machine

January is the perfect month for making soup. But I have two toddlers who have yet to eat anything more than the noodles out of any soup we've tried ... until this:
Broccoli Cheese Soup -- Pureed!
They loved it! I loved it! We danced! We hugged! We ate veggies! :-) I put it right up there with hiding spinach in fruit smoothies and pureed carrots in tomato pasta sauces.

Recipe for Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large diced red potato
  • 6 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 pounds fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 6 ounces grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper (I use garlic salt)

Melt butter in heavy medium pot over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour to make roux. Add garlic and sauté about 2 minutes. Add stock, potato and all seasonings; bring to boil. Lower heat, simmer uncovered until potato is fork tender. Add broccoli and spinach, heat for 2 minutes. Stir in cream. Gradually add cheeses until melted.

Pour into blender in batches. Puree until thick and silky smooth. At this point you can heat and serve with extra grated cheese (for the fun of having it melt in) and crusty bread. OR continue on for a grand finale:

Preheat broiler. Place 6 oven proof soup bowls on baking sheet. Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese over each. Broil until cheese melts and bubbles around edges, about 4 minutes.


This is the Epicurious recipe I made my Broccoli Cheese Soup variation from. The sharp cheddar adds a lot of flavor. Since I have onionophobia, I always add extra garlic & other seasonings. Seems like you could hardly go wrong if you're pureeing it. We have a Vita-Mix so there was not a single trace of broccoli visible to tip off the kiddos! :-) Yummm ... tasted great for leftovers! Visit for the Ultimate Recipe Swap of great veggie recipes.


Unknown said...

stopping by from SITS.

An inspired idea, for sure. I will be printing your recipe and use it to fill bread bowls the next time I bake some! I almost wish I ran across this recipe yesterday but the clam chowder that I made was really good.

Andrea said...

Oh, that sounds so good! You might like the cookbook "Deceptively Delicious" for your kids. It has some yummy recipes in it with hidden veggies!

Thanks for stopping in at my blog!

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Paloma said...

Thanks for the recipe! I hope it works for me too! My toddler of course does not want to eat her veggies! This sounds delicious...

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Dawn said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and also for sharing this recipe and tip. We love broccoli soup but my youngest kids won't eat it-I'll have to try this!

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Molly Anne said...

I'm impressed the kids got into it! Hard to figure what kids are going to eat.

I made some broccoli cheese soup the other night and it turned out ALL wrong. I will have to try it again and puree it this time!

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Lisa said...

That soup looks really yummy, and not to mention very easy to make! Thanks for sharing your changes, I can't wait to try this one out!!!

Lisa said...

That soup looks really yummy, and not to mention very easy to make! Thanks for sharing your changes, I can't wait to try this one out!!!

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