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2005 ORIGINAL POST Sure, you can heat up a can of soup in 10 minutes. But why would you when you eat something THIS good in 25 minutes? Even though the recipe has been in my 'short stack' of recipes to make soon (vs the 'tall stack' of those to make some time far in the future), the sheer speed and deliciousness of this simple soup took me entirely by surprise. After all, what sane cook makes hot soup when outside it's 97F and 99H? (You recognize the F, the unfamiliar H is for humidity.) And besides, how could just plain ol' broccoli cook so quickly, taste so good?
8/14 Update: And cauliflower is even better, as on Day 121.
8/15 Update: And frozen green beans are good but not delicious, as on Day 122.
The chive oil is quite good - and unusual if you appreciate such - but it's also optional since the soup was as good without as with. This is great every-day fare but since it garnishes beautifully, I'd serve it to guests any night.
2012 UPDATE: This soup was such a hit, such a favorite, that soon after publishing the recipe here, I published it on Kitchen Parade, my food column, where it's one of the top recipes on the site. See Quick Cauliflower or Broccoli Soup.
RECIPE for QUICK BROCCOLI SOUP with CHIVE OIL
or QUICK CAULIFLOWER SOUP or QUICK GREEN BEAN SOUP
Time to table: 25 minutes
Makes 6 cups
4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth (see ALANNA's TIPS)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion (about 2 cups)
2 dried bay leaves
1 pound broccoli, crowns and stems, or 1 head cauliflower, chopped quite small to cook faster or 16 ounces frozen green beans
CHIVE OIL, OPTIONAL
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh chives
Pinch of cayenne
Salt to taste
Heat the broth in the microwave until it begins to boil. (This speeds the cooking time so can be skipped if you're not in a hurry.)
Meanwhile, heat a large pot or Dutch oven over MEDIUM HIGH. Add the olive oil and heat. Meanwhile, chop the onion. Add the onion and the bay leaves to the pot and stir well to coat the onions with fat, then continue to stir on occasion, until the onions are quite soft and beginning to turn gold. While the onions cook, if using fresh vegetables, chop the broccoli or cauliflower. Add the broccoli/cauliflower/green beans and stir to coat with oil and onion flavor then let cook, turning occasionally for 1 - 2 minutes or until bright green. Add the hot broth. Cover and cook for 5 - 10 minutes or until broccoli/cauliflower/beans is/are fully cooked. Remove the bay leaves. Transfer a third of the hot mixture to a food processor and puree for about 1 minutes while letting the remaining 2/3 continue to cook. Repeat with another 1/3, then the final third. If needed, return the mixture to the pot to reheat. (Mine was perfectly hot straight from the food processor.)
Mix the chive oil ingredients in a small food processor.
To serve, top each bowl of soup with a teaspoon of sour cream and a teaspoon of the chive oil. If desired, top with green onions.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
Swanson's 100% Natural Goodness broth is rated "best" by Cook's Illustrated. I was out tonight and so used a Major's powder. It does include a lot of salt along with MSG so that might well have affected the rich flavor of the soup.
According to Epicurious and other places where I've read similarly, Turkish bay leaves impart a more subtle flavor than California bay leaves.
I'd sure give frozen broccoli or cauliflower a shot as well especially if it's all that were on hand.
For chunks and a soup with more texture, only purée about 2/3 of the broccoli/cauliflower.
For the chive oil, I used the food processor attachment to an immersion blender. Unfortunately the immersion blender wasn't up to pureeing the soup itself. So since you must use the food processor for the soup, you might want to use it for the oil too. If so, decide whether to mix the oil before or after the soup. I'd do it after, scraping but not washing the bowl, to keep the extra oil out of the soup. But there are arguments for doing it beforehand as well.
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