Wednesday, September 21, 2011

St. Louis-Style Cream of Broccoli Soup

A big broccoli score at the Farmer's Market had me searching for as many broccoli recipes as I could find.  An avid vegetable lover, I can eat broccoli any old way, even raw.  My family, however, does not share my zeal and consequently considers well-disguised broccoli as the best broccoli. So, years ago, in an effort to keep all of us happy, I created this soup recipe, calling it St. Louis-style because of the addition of St. Louis's own Provel cheese.  It, like the Velveeta this soup also contains, is a processed cheese, so not the apex of healthfulness, but boy, is it good.  Quick and easy to make, this soup is a crowd pleaser.  I like to think the goodness of the broccoli offsets the decadence of the cheese.  I served mine in cups with slices of the zucchini corn bread that I made yesterday on the side.

St. Louis-Style Cream of Broccoli Soup

1 large head fresh broccoli, separated into florettes
1 cup water
2 cups whole milk
1 cup half and half
1 cup Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 cup Provel cheese, grated
2 teaspoons chicken soup base (I use L.B. Jamieson)
1/2 cup flour  
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (more or less to taste)

In a large saucepan, cook broccoli with bouillon in one cup of water until tender.  Do not drain.  In a small bowl, mix together milk, cubed Velveeta, Provel, flour, and half and half.  Add to cooked broccoli.  Heat until thickened, stirring constantly (about 3-5  minutes).  Remove half of soup from pan and blend with upright blender, immersion blender, or food processor until smooth.  Pour back into the pan, stir in nutmeg, heat through and serve.

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Rachel @ Little Kitchen, Big Bites said...

yummm that just looks delicious right now! thanks for sharing!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

MMM< this sounds so good! And easy, I like that too!!!:):) XO, Pinky