I found myself with a bit too much broccoli in the veggie bin this week. I had gotten it three weeks in a row in my veggie box and I hadn't been able to use it up as quickly as I should have. It's a good thing the stuff that comes in the veggie box is really fresh!
Anyways, I decided to make a delicious and warming soup/chowder with it. It's been so cold and rainy this Winter. Soup is always welcome. All you need to make a meal of it is some nice crusty bread really.
Todd usually likes his soupls pureed. I like a bit of texture in mine, and so this is a bit of both. I mashed some of it with a potato masher, which not only thickened it a bit, but made him happy . . . and the chunks made me happy.
I added cheese. Broccoli and cheese are such good bed partners. They get along quite happily. Use a strong flavoured cheese. A good strong cheddar works very well. I also added some carrot for colour and additional texture. It's really a chowder I think . . . which is more than a soup. Chowder is a meal.
*Broccoli and Cheddar Chowder*Serves 6
A healthy and satisfyingly delicious winter chowder recipe using up bits from the vegetable bin.
pinch cayenne pepper1/2 pound broccoli, stems peeled and chopped,
florets, separated and cut into bite sized pieces
900ml of vegetable stock (3 1/2cups)120g strong cheddar cheese, grated (1 cup)