This soup is a delicious way to use broccoli. The recipe needs some tweaking due to the thickness of it and how the cheesy crouton went soggy too quickly - next time I'd use small croutons instead of one big one.

Chef John
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large pot over medium heat; add onion. Cook and stir until onion turns translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Add garlic; stir for 1 minute. Pour in broth; bring to a simmer over high heat.

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  • Separate florets from heads of broccoli. Cut large florets in half. Cut stems in half and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Add broccoli to simmering broth. Cover and cook until broccoli softens slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is very tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Blend broccoli with an immersion blender into a very smooth puree. Stir in cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne. Return soup to medium-low heat; cook until cream is heated through, about 5 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Butter both sides of bread with remaining 1 tablespoon butter and place on the lined baking sheet.

  • Bake bread in the preheated oven, turning halfway through, until toasted and crisp, 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Place 6 oven-proof soup crocks on the foil-lined baking sheet. Ladle soup into the crocks, filling almost to the top. Place 1 piece of toasted bread in each crock; cover with Cheddar cheese.

  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Place baking sheet under broiler and broil until cheese is browned and bubbly, 3 to 4 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If soup seems too thick, be sure to adjust with more broth if need be. If you pass the soup through a fine mesh strainer, the soup will achieve a finer texture.

If you do not have an immersion blender, you can blend the soup in batches in a traditional blender; use caution with hot broth.

Substitute Gruyere cheese for the Cheddar if desired, or use a combination of the two.

Nutrition Facts

475 calories; 31.5 g total fat; 97 mg cholesterol; 1534 mg sodium. 28.5 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2017
For this to be a chef John recipe I'm surprised. This had a great flavor but it turned out slightly watery. Aside from cutting my bread into cubes (just changing the shape to fit my soup crock) I made no changes. I think the broth amount could be reduced without impacting the taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2017
For this to be a chef John recipe I'm surprised. This had a great flavor but it turned out slightly watery. Aside from cutting my bread into cubes (just changing the shape to fit my soup crock) I made no changes. I think the broth amount could be reduced without impacting the taste. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2017
For this to be a chef John recipe I'm surprised. This had a great flavor but it turned out slightly watery. Aside from cutting my bread into cubes (just changing the shape to fit my soup crock) I made no changes. I think the broth amount could be reduced without impacting the taste. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2017
broccoli's answer to french onion soup. Will make again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2018
Always watch Chef John s videos before preparing any of his recipes! I used chicken broth in place of vegetable as he did in the video and instead of using a full slice of bread made some homemade croutons to top the soup before broiling. Don t be shy with the amount of cheese you top the soup with! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2019
Such a yummy recipe to use up broccoli! The accompanying video mentioned using 3 lbs of broccoli and adding more liquid at the end to thin out the thick soup. So I also used 3 lbs of broccoli as that is what I had used 7 cups of chicken broth and increased the whipping cream to 3/4 c. To finish off the individual servings in the oven rather than a slice of toast I placed some Twistos on top (dill and garlic flavoured) and topped it with a mix of shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese (it's what we had on hand). It was delicious... The Twistos got a little soggy so will try the toast next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2019
I added small pieces of celery and broccoli so the soup would have does tenders nibbles of veggies. And since I trying to lower my carbs consumption i didn t complemented with the bread. But the soup by itself was amazing! Read More
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