White House Broccoli Soup

Recipe by Sharon123
READY IN: 50mins


  • 1
    tablespoon butter
  • 6
    garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4
    shallots, sliced
  • 1
    leek, white part only, sliced
  • 1
    sprig thyme
  • 1
    small onion, sliced
  • 2
    heads broccoli, stems sliced, and green tips reserved for puree
  • 6 -7
    cups vegetable stock (the original recipe calls for chicken stock)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 14
    cup cream (optional)


  • In a medium-size saucepan, over medium heat, add the garlic, shallots, leeks, onion and thyme. Sweat in the butter until fragrant.
  • Add the broccoli stem slices and saute until softened.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and bay leaf and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, blanch the broccoli tips in a pot of boiling water over medium heat until bright green. Remove the tips from the water and "shock" in a bowl of iced water.
  • Drain the green tips and puree in a blender. Set aside.
  • Puree the soup in a blender and strain through a fine chinoise into a large serving bowl. At this point, if you really want to, you could add about 1/4 cup cream.
  • Add the green tip puree and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve piping hot.