Simple Broccoli Stem Soup

An Easy Way to Use up Broccoli Stems

We eat a lot of Broccoli in our house. Simple fresh steamed Broccoli with a dash of salt is my daughters’s favorite side. How did this mom make that happen? Honestly, I have no clue. She just loves it … eats it hand over fist as often as I make it. But, we do end up with a lot of the big Broccoli stems left. I was tossing them out one evening, and it dawned on me, this is good stuff. Just because she only wants the “trees,” or tops of the Broccoli, doesn’t mean we can find at least a few uses for the stems. I was on a mission.

So, I pulled out my ancient but still very useful Cuisinart and shredded those stems right up. You can simply stop there and use the stem shreds to make a nice salad topping, or a fish taco filling. Or you can give this simple broccoli soup recipe a try. Simple fresh ingredients and you have a hearty fall dinner or a fabulous lunch. Enjoy.
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Simple Broccoli Stem Soup

Ingredients:
3-4 cups shredded broccoli stems
1/2 finely chopped onion
2-3 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Shred the broccoli stems in your a food processor, or finely chop.
LP_BroccoliSoup2Finely Chop Onion.
Melt butter in a 4 Quart pot.
LP_BroccoliSoup3Add onions and sauté until translucent.
Add shredded Broccoli and chicken stock.
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Puree with an Immersion Blender or counter top blender until smooth.
LP_BroccoliSoup6Return to pan and simmer 30 minutes.
LP_BroccoliSoup7Salt and Pepper to taste.
Enjoy!

 

Beth
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Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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