The weather can really affect my food mood and its always great to have a few staples in your arsenal when things outside make you run for the cat's favorite blanket for a
This is a new addition to our arsenal. After one bite, the hubby said it was a keeper.
|This is what the soup looked like on Sunday via iPhone. Whole garlic cloves toasted with the bread. Oh my.|
1 1/2 - 2 large florets fresh broccoli
1 yellow onion
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
4-5 garlic cloves
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 ounces fat-free cream cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Rinse and chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces and dice the onion. Toss the broccoli and onion with the olive oil and spread out on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with red pepper and roast in the oven until the tips of the florets begin to brown.
Just before the veggies are done, begin to heat a stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add veggies directly to the hot pot. Cook for a few minutes, using the wooden spoon to break up the florets. Use a microplane to grate the garlic into the pot and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add about 1/2 cup of the stock and scrape up any brown bits that have accumulated at the bottom of your pot.
Add the cream cheese, breaking it up with your wooden spoon. Add another 1/2 cup of the stock and the remaining cheeses, stirring to melt and combine. Pour in as much of the remaining stock as needed to reach your desired soup consistency. Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary. Serve immediately.