Broccoli and Cheese Soup in a Bread Bowl
By Bracha Shor--Sweet and Good Catering
Broccoli is *super* good for you. Not only is there as much vitamin C in one cup of broccoli as there is in one orange, broccoli is also filled with anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, fiber, and more vitamins, AND it's Yummy! President George Bush Sr. caused quite a ruckus when he declared he wouldn't eat broccoli in 1990!!!! He said he was President and didn't have to eat broccoli if he didn't want to! Well, the California broccoli farmers hoped to change his mind and sent him 10 tons of broccoli as a gift (he didn't change his mind, by the way, but the broccoli didn't go to waste—Barbara Bush graciously accepted the gift, and they sent it to homeless shelters).
And once you put a soup in a bread bowl—really, what more do you need to do to make a gorgeous looking presentation and a delicious meal? Nothing, I say, because you have already achieved Best Dinner status.
This is a fantastic and easy dairy soup. The longest part is just waiting until the broth boils! You can use bread bowls for a meal or dinner rolls for an appetizer version of this soup.
2 Tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cups broth or apple cider (or a mixture of both)
2 cups half and half (can substitute milk)
2 lb cheese, grated (for easier melting)
2 Tbsp minced garlic (can substitute 1 tsp garlic powder)
⅔ cup cornstarch
2 Tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup water
1 - 32 oz bag frozen broccoli
6 Bread bowls - tops sliced off and insides pulled out, leaving ¼ to ¾ of an inch of bowl at the bottom
1) In a big pot, heat oil and sauté onion on high heat until softened, then add the garlic.
2) Add broth and milk, and stir until boiling.
3) Add in grated cheese, and stir until melted.
4) In a medium bowl, stir cornstarch, lemon juice and water until dissolved. Stir this mixture into the soup, and continue to stir frequently (to prevent lumps) until thick.
5) Add Broccoli. Stir.
6) Serve in a bread bowl.