This is a funky ass soup. It’s creamy, and full of sexy flavours. I’m always circling the cheese sections of supermarkets like a hawk, and grabbing up any cheese that have a reduced to clear sticker on it. Its less than half the regular price, and old cheese is even better! So I picked up this blue brie, and it was really ripe. Gooey and soft, I couldnt even cut it, it just squished all over. Amazing. It had a real blue cheese foot smell to it that was pretty wonderful. I also got 2 massive heads of broccoli yesterday on the cheap, so decided to make a pretty serious soup.
Chop ya Broc’
Gently ladle off the sexy layer of schmultz from the chicken stock.
Unless you’re using it from a can, in which case, no schmaltz for you!
Sweat your onions and sprinkle on the flour.
Simmering the broccoli. Don’t for heavens sake, do what I did, and put the cream in before the broccoli is done. I was experimenting to see if it made a difference if boiling the cream and curdling it would effect the quality of a soup that youre just going to puree the crap out of anyway. It does.. its a bit grainy and not smooth.
Blue Brie Broccoli Soup
Yield: 10 cups
Time: 25 minutes
Price: $7.50, or $1.50 per serving
2 heads broccoli
1 200g Waimato Blue Brie, or Blue Cheese
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp flour
2 cups full fat milk, or combo milk & cream
4 cups chicken stock
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp honey
Salt & Pepper
In a large, heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, heat your oil and butter. When sizzling and brown, add in rough chopped onions. Cook down 10 minutes, adding a little stock if need be. Sprinkle flour over onions and stir. Pour in your chicken stock and bring up to a boil.
Chop your broccoli into 1/2 inch pieces, and add them to the soup stock. Add vinegar, paprika, honey. Cook until broccoli is soft. When the broccoli is soft enough to puree in a blender or with an immersion blender, slowly add in your milk & cream, while stirring. Add in the brie, chopped into pieces. Puree until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.