Italian Style Broccoli Cheese Soup


6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, room temperature
2 pounds fresh broccoli, stems and florets separated and chopped into bite-size pieces , chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chopped parsley and fresh tarragon
6 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups (packed) grated Fontina Cheese, provolone, mozzarella cheese or a blend of all three

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in heavy medium pot over medium-high heat saute garlic two minutes. Add broccoli stems. Add stock; bring to boil. Simmer uncovered until broccoli is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in cream.

Mix remaining 3 tablespoons butter with flour in small bowl to make paste. Whisk paste into soup. Add broccoli florets except for 1 cup pulsed in food processor, add. Simmer until soup thickens and florets are tender, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Cool slightly, then refrigerate uncovered until cold. Cover and keep refrigerated. Heat to a warm simmer then preheat  oven broiler. Place 6 ovenproof soup bowls on baking sheet. Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese over each. Broil until cheese melts and bubbles around edges, about 4 minutes.  Serve buttered bread crumbs with garlic croutons.

21 comments:

  1. I never thought of making a soup with broccoli. It looks a delicious idea., a perfect comfort food for these cold days. Bye, have a great week

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  2. What a yummy and comforting dish!xxx

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  3. This sounds fantastic. I'll bet it is very rich and creamy with all that cheese and whipping cream.

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  4. While traveling, I've gotten way behind in blog reading, but these last three dishes all sound super good, especially the ziti.

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  5. Yum - my kind of soup, Claudia. :)

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  6. love the nutty buttery taste of fontina and in a soup, gonna love it even more - this looks and sounds so velvety good

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  7. This is a really rich and delectable soup.

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  8. Hi! I found your blog through Shia's. This soup (and all your recipes) look delicous! Now I just need it to get cold in South Florida so I can enjoy it. :)

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  9. It looks fabulous, Claudia! I love to eat broccoli soup, I need to start making it!

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  10. I love, love, love this soup. Will be doing this sans cream - maybe evaporated milk. I love the recipe - never think to saute garlic for it.

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  11. So rich and delicious! One of my favorites - your version rocks!

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  12. I love broccoli cheese soup but with these three cheeses it's got to be deadly. Wow I can taste it now.

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  13. One of the great combos! Broccoli and cheese.

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  14. Fontina cheese...a big yes to this recipe.

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  15. Three cheese combo, count me in! Beautiful blend of flavors in this soup Claudia.

    **hugs**

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  16. I love broccoli and cheese. This soup sounds good.

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  17. I love that you used different kids of cheese other than the typical cheddar for your soup! I bet this would be a good way to get the kids to eat some broccoli!

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  18. This is more comforting than that brocolli/cheese side dish and I am sure that fontina is a much better choice than cheddar-delicious Claudia!

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  19. A fresh take on boring old broccoli cheese soup, I love it!

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  20. That looks deliciously creamy and cheesy :) Great comfort dish!

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  21. I just bookmarked another broccoli & cheddar soup recipe, but this one beats it. I've never used provolone in my soup, but it's one of my favorite cheeses.

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