Susan's Cream of Broccoli Soup

Susan Feliciano

By
@frenchtutor

Another quest - how to stop using so much canned soup! Not only is it expensive, there's also the sodium to think about, and the quality of the ingredients, as well as the can itself and what it might be leeching into the product.
I'll probably never totally give up canned soups because they are so convenient, but I've tried to develop recipes for my own soup and casserole bases so I can reduce my consumption of the canned stuff. I used this one last Thanksgiving for our traditional broccoli casserole.


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Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
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Serves:
about 3 cups
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

2 Tbsp
butter or olive oil
1/4 c
sweet onion, chopped
1/2 c
fresh mushrooms, diced
1/2 tsp
onion powder
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
dried thyme (or use fresh - 1 1/2 tsp minced)
1/2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c
all purpose flour
1 c
evaporated milk (may use non-fat if desired)
3 Tbsp
dry sherry
1/2 c
(or more as needed) chicken broth (or water from cooking broccoli)
1 c
cooked chopped broccoli (may be fresh or frozen)
1/3 c
light sour cream
1/2 c
grated cheddar cheese (optional) plus more for topping, if desired

Step-By-Step

1Heat the butter or oil (I use butter) in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring often, until softened and slightly translucent, about 4 minutes.
2Stir in mushrooms, onion powder, salt, thyme, and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the mushroom juices are almost evaporated, 3-5 minutes.
3Sprinkle the flour over the mixture; stir to coat. Add milk and sherry and bring to a simmer, stirring often.
4Add the chicken broth or cooking liquid and the broccoli and return to a simmer. Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Add more broth if you like thinner soup.
5Stir in sour cream and cheese if used. This is now ready for serving, or you may pack in containers and freeze. Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cream Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American