even though the weather is getting warm, we love this soup because it's so fresh and healthy (no cream) and we can use broccoli and spinach straight from our vegetable garden! you could even cut back on the cheese a bit if you're watching your diet.
it's especially delicious served with a rustic bread and a little cheddar cheese on top.
2 T unsalted butter
2 pounds fresh broccoli
1 medium onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
2 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press
1 1/2 t dry mustard powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of salt
3-4 C water
1/4 t baking soda (reduces cook time to get out broccoli flavor faster)
2 C low-sodium vegetable broth (we love making our own)
2 ounces baby spinach
3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (3/4 cup)
1 1/2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated fine, plus extra for serving
Heat butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When foaming subsides, add broccoli, onion, garlic, dry mustard, cayenne, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently until fragrant (5-10 minutes). Add 1 cup of water and baking soda. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until broccoli is very soft, about 20 minutes.
Add broth and 2 cups of water and increase heat to medium-high. When mixture begins to simmer, stir in spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer half of soup to blender, add cheddar and Parmesan, and process until smooth, about 1 minute.Transfer soup to a medium bowl and repeat with remaining soup. Return soup to the Dutch oven, and place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Adjust consistency of the soup with up to 1 cup of water. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
*this is our variation of a broccoli cheese soup from america's test kitchen
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