This is a nice soup from Bon Appetit. Be sure to use fresh tarragon for the best flavor. This soup is not thick and creamy, so sometimes I puree half of it for a creamier texture.
- Melt 3 tablespoons butter in heavy medium pot over medium-high heat.
- Add broccoli stems and onion; sauté until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.
- Add garlic and tarragon; sauté 1 minute.
- Add stock; bring to boil.
- Simmer uncovered until broccoli is tender, about 15 minutes.
- Stir in cream.
- Mix remaining 3 tablespoons butter with flour in small bowl to make paste.
- Whisk paste into soup.
- Add broccoli florets.
- Simmer until soup thickens and florets are tender, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
- (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, then refrigerate uncovered until cold. Cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before continuing.)
- Preheat broiler.
- Place 6 ovenproof soup bowls on baking sheet.
- Divide soup among bowls.
- Sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese over each.
- Broil until cheese melts and bubbles around edges, about 4 minutes.
Such a yummy soup.. I used 5 cups of broth, and a bit less butter overall. Used a nice extra sharp white cheddar with a little bit of swiss cheese. Not sure why but I couldn't get a nice crust on the top while it was under the broiler, the cheese seemed to sink to the bottom. Either way, it was delicious.
We enjoyed this soup very much! I followed lazyme's lead and used my immersion blender to puree part of the soup. Still not being as creamy as we like our broccoli soup, I added the 2 cups of cheddar cheese given in the ingredients list + 1 extra cup of cheddar directly into the soup, melting and blending to give this soup a delightfully creamy and cheese texture! Not having any fresh tarragon on hand, I used 1/2 tsp of dried tarragon and also used half and half instead of the whipping cream. I served with crispy crust French rolls. The soup was wonderful, lazyme!! Thank you so much for another wonderful recipe : )
I loved that gooey cheese broiled on top. I did stir it all together when I ate it so there was cheese in every spoonful. Definitely use fresh tarragon, no doubt about it. I cut the butter for sauteeing down to 4 tbsp and also took your suggestion to partially blend the soup. Thanx for posting this. It was wonderful!