This creamy, delicate mixture of Progresso® chicken broth and broccoli will add rich layers of flavor and make you a hero among guests!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
50 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 cups
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Soup:
Gremolata:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Cut broccoli florets from stems. Peel tough outer skin from stems; trim off fibrous ends. Cut stems into 1/2-inch pieces.

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  • In 4-quart Dutch oven, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat until butter is melted. Add garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until light brown. Stir in onion and celery; season with salt. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.

  • Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together gremolata ingredients; set aside.

  • Stir thyme, broccoli stems and broth into soup. Heat to boiling. Cook uncovered over medium heat about 3 minutes. Stir in broccoli florets; cook about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is very tender. Stir in spinach and lemon peel (spinach will wilt).

  • In blender, cover and puree soup in small batches. (At this point, soup can be covered and refrigerated up to 1 day or frozen up to 1 month.) Return soup to Dutch oven; reheat over medium-low heat. Stir in cream; season to taste with additional salt and the pepper.

  • Ladle soup into warm individual soup bowls. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon gremolata onto each serving. Pass remaining gremolata at table.

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Recipe by Michael Chiarello for Progresso(R) Foods

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; protein 6.4g 13% DV; carbohydrates 15g 5% DV; fat 18.5g 28% DV; cholesterol 44.6mg 15% DV; sodium 704.4mg 28% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2014
A delicious soup which also has great eye appeal due to the lovely color. I used regular sea salt as I didn't have grey and skipped the gremolata. Well received by adults and teens! Will definitely make again. Thank you! Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2014
A delicious soup which also has great eye appeal due to the lovely color. I used regular sea salt as I didn't have grey and skipped the gremolata. Well received by adults and teens! Will definitely make again. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2014
As with the other reviews I made some changes myself. I substituted sea salt for grey salt and used ground thyme instead of fresh. Honestly I'm not sure this recipe even needed the cream - it was the best broccoli soup I've ever had without it. Next time I'm going cream-free. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2014
Very good! I made some adjustments. I left out the garlic - my husband is allergic - didn't have fresh thyme so used dried used half chicken broth and half vegetable broth and wanted to cut the fat so used 2% milk instead of whipping cream. The result was still great! Don't skip the Gremolata - it really added some elegance to the dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2015
I didn't make the gremolata (served with hot garlicky rolls) but this soup was excellent. I chose the buttermilk option with the full complement of lemon zest and it was terrific. I did wind up adding more salt but it does specify "to taste" so that wasn't a problem for me. Also "gray salt" just sounds like a pretentious ingredient so I used Morton's garlic sea salt like always nomnom. Thanks for the recipe we'll definitely use this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2014
Peeled the stocks from 2 bunches of broccoli and omitted the florets because I was using them in a salad. Didn't have the fresh spinach so substituted fresh kale it was just as good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2014
Wow great tasting soup having this for thanksgiving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2016
Used Swiss chard in place of celery & spinach since I didn't have them. Very good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2015
This is a beautiful tasty soup. I made it as the recipe stated except for the gremolata... I didn't have any panko so I made some quick croutons while the soup was cooking. The soup looked spectacular with the croutons toasted pine nuts and chopped fresh parsley on the top. Thank you for the recipe! It's a keeper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2018
Great recipe! I have made this without the whipping cream and love the fresh flavor and that it also lowers the calorie count. Have subbed cauliflower too and it was just as good. Read More
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