Monday, March 12, 2012

Roasted Broccoli-Cheese Soup

Kansas weather has been normal this March, which is to say unpredictable. This time of year I practically ignore the forecast and plan for everything with flip flops and ice-scrapers. Its easier to expect the weather to be crazy than it is to get your hopes up for one last snow or a jump straight into spring.

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 furry heater snuggle. Or the porch to watch the lightening. Thundersnow, you know, normal Kansas Spring weather.

This is a new addition to our arsenal. After one bite, the hubby said it was a keeper.

For a better melt, get the cheese out when you begin cooking to allow it to come to room temperature. The red pepper flakes are optional, but give an extra layer of flavor when roasted with the broccoli and onion. I made the soup on Saturday and we had it for lunch on Sunday.

This is what the soup looked like on Sunday via iPhone. Whole garlic cloves toasted with the bread. Oh my.
Roasted Broccoli-Cheese Soup
Serves 2-3

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.

1 comment:

  1. This soup was amazingly easy! Noah LOVED it...its been added to our favorites!