Creamy Broccoli With Mustard Soup

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A pureed vegetable soup can be an impressive, easy and affordable first course for an elegant dinner, or even a light dinner on its own with salad and bread.

1
Servings:
8
Yield:
6 to 7 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ pounds broccoli - stems peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks, remaining broccoli cut into medium florets

  • 1 large onion, cut into large dice

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 pinch sugar

  • 3 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon basil

  • ¼ teaspoon oregano

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 cups chicken broth, homemade or from a carton or can

  • 1 ½ cups half-and-half (or whole milk)

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • Garnish: toasted pine nuts*

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan until shimmering.

  2. Add broccoli, then onion; saute, stirring very little at first, then more frequently, until vegetables start to turn golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar and garlic; continue cooking until all vegetables are a rich spotty caramel color, about 10 minutes longer.

  4. Add mustard, basil, oregano, and cayenne pepper; continue to saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.

  5. Add broth; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes.

  6. Using an immersion blender or traditional blender, puree until very smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If using a traditional blender, vent it either by removing the lid's pop-out center or by lifting one edge of the lid. Drape the blender canister with a kitchen towel. To 'clean' the canister, pour in a little half-and-half, blend briefly, then add to the soup.)

  7. Return to pan (or a soup pot); add enough half-and-half so the mixture is souplike, yet thick enough to float garnish. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Heat through, ladle into bowls, garnish and serve.

Tips

*To toast, heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add nuts; stir and shake pan until nuts are fragrant and golden.

Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

169 Calories
13g Fat
11g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 169
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 79mg 393%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 392mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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