Broccoli soup is a great winter meal that is both healthy and delicious. It is simple to make, and takes just 30 minutes if you're quick!
The key to making a good soup is to have fresh ingredients. Broccoli can be found fresh in grocery stores and produce markets all year, but is best from October to April. Garlic's peak season is in the summer months, when the flavor is at its strongest.
Chicken stock is best when it is home made, but most people don't have the time to prepare their own stock. If you don't, try to find some pre-made stock at a grocery store as opposed to using stock cubes, which often carry a very strong or very salty flavor that overpowers the rest of the soup.
Parmesan cheese comes in all different grades of quality. To get the best Parmesan, try going to a specialty cheese shop or a grocery store that has a deli section with a cheese counter. Avoid the Parmesan-in-a-can at all costs.
Pepper has the best flavor when it is freshly ground, so it's worth investing in a pepper mill if you don't have one. This will ensure that the pepper adds a strong, sharp flavor to the soup.
Things You Will Need2 cooking pots
4 heads of fresh broccoli
4 cups of chicken broth
1/4 cup of pasta (any kind will do, but preferably small shapes)
2 cloves of garlic (whole)
Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top
Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1First chop the broccoli into small chunks and discard the thick stems. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the broccoli to it. Steam the broccoli for 3 minutes, then drain and set aside.
Step 2While the broccoli is cooking, heat a second pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 10-11 minutes until al dente. Strain it and set it aside with the broccoli.
Step 3While the pasta is cooking, heat the chicken stock in the broccoli pot (wash it between uses). Add the garlic cloves in the beginning, and remove them once the chicken stock is simmering.
Step 4After the chicken stock simmers for 3 minutes, add the broccoli and pasta. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 5Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.