Background to this soup:
1) When I was a child, I learned to enjoy my veggies 'as is', without any sort of sauce, cheese, butter, or spices on them.
2) I think that a lot of the new recipes coming out these days are too complicated and filled with ingredients that mask the wonderful taste of certain veggies.
3) In my universe, broccoli is its own food group.
Rae's 15 Minute Cream of Broccoli Soup
-One large head, or two small heads, fresh broccoli (frozen will do if broccoli is not in season)
-Two cups spring water mixed with 1 tbsp vegetable broth powder
-1/4 to 1/2 cup of cottage cheese OR sour cream OR plain yoghurt OR milk OR cream OR soy milk (etc.)
-freshly ground pepper
Prepare the broccoli by cutting it all up, stalks and all, into bite size pieces. Do remove the tough outer part of the large stalk.
Put into a large microwaveable dish. Pour over the prepared vegetable broth.
Nuke 5 minutes. Stir. Nuke 4 minutes more.
Pour into blender, add the cottage cheese (or whatever), and liquefy. The resulting mixture will be thick and chewable as well as sipable.
Return to the microwaveable bowl and nuke 2 minutes or until hot.
Ladle into a cup or bowl, sprinkle with ground pepper.
Look at the colour of this thing, nothing like the anemic soup sold in restaurants. This soup is an excellent topping for a baked potato and moistener for mashed potatoes.
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