This fresh and delicious creamy soup can be ready to go in less than 15 minutes!
Today I went to work already excited about making this Creamy Broccoli Parmesan Soup
for dinner. The autumn day was perfect for soup weather, I had all of the simple ingredients at home ready to go, and I was excited for a leisurely dinner before heading out to see some friends in the evening.
But then, the “leisurely” part got nixed. Or so I expected.
A project at work ended up taking an extra hour than expected, leaving just a teeny 45 minute window to buzz home for dinner before heading back out.
But it turns out that this soup is TOTALLY a 15-minute meal! Normally broccoli soups have to simmer for at least 40 minutes in order to cook the broccoli. But thanks to my fav little Valley Fresh Steamers, I was able to “cook” the broccoli (sans oil!) in the microwave while I made the first few steps of the soup. And literally, this creamy, comforting deliciousness was on the table and ready to go within 15 minutes.
And oh….is it GOOD.
Normal broccoli “cheese” soup is made with cheddar. But I’m pretty sure I’ll now take Parmesan over that option any day. Absolutely loved the salty, Italian zest that it brought to the soup. And when made with milk and no cream, this actually turned out to be remarkably fresh and healthy too.
So even on nights this winter when I’m not
in a crazy hurry, I’m pretty sure this 15-minute-meal will become a new favorite.
Here’s how you can make it happen:
First, the secret ingredient. Steam up the beautiful broccoli according to package instructions.
Once it emerges, give it a nice chop.
While the broccoli is getting steamy, chop the onion, celery and garlic. Heat olive oil in a saucepan and saute the onion and celery for about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook another minute. Sprinkle in the flour, stir, and cook another minute. Then whisk in your chicken broth, milk, thyme, salt, and pepper.
Then add the title ingredient…some freshly grated PARMESAN! Mmmm.
Let it come up to a simmer (try to avoid a boil with the milk)
Then ladle it up and top it with some more Parmesan. Because why not?
And this fresh, colorful, and healthy soup is ALL YOURS. Unless you want to share, which might make your friends and family happy campers. Enjoy!Ali loves music and fun food! Check out her great stuff at her blog site, Gimme Some Oven, and her Tablespoon profile -- and keep watching Quick Dish to see what colorful, nommy recipes she dreams up next!