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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday Souper Bowl

It is Saturday and the weather has been rainy and 40ish for most of the day.  The rain did stop around 2 and I was able to get outside for a 5 mile run with Sophie.  The temp felt great for a run and I immediately knew I had over dressed.  I had worn my light jacket - but took that off and tied it around my waist.  It was a good run - it took me about 15 minutes to clean Sophie's belly and feet - wet pavement and a lot of grit!  Next time when conditions are like this I should probably think about leaving her at home - but she also loves to get her run in!

I am streaking with Twelve in Twelve - HERE, based on the Runners World challenge and Tall Mom on the Run, HERE, running every day in December.  So far so good.  I have run every day since Thanksgiving.

Tomorrow I will be joining Jamie, from Running Diva Mom, HERE, for part of her final 1/2 marathon for the year.  She set out to do 12, one each month . . . but somewhere along the way . . . something happened. . . she is up to 15 and tomorrow will be her 16th 1/2 marathon this year.  Way to go Jamie!

Anyway, back to the post title:  I love to make soup in the fall and winter and today's choice is Cream of Broccoli Soup . . . hence the blog post title, Saturday Souper Bowl. This recipe is one I have been making for years.  As long as I have broccoli, I always have the other ingredients.  It is delish and really easy to make.  This was from a restaurant in Madison called Ovens of Brittany.  In the late 70's and early 80's we would go here almost daily for lunch, and enjoy a bowl of soup and a croissant.  They also offered decadent breakfast muffins / rolls called Morning buns . . . buttery with lots of cinnamon and sugar - my mouth is watering, just thinking about them.  Well the restaurant is long gone, but I purchased the recipe book years ago and have found some great recipes from this book.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

6 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 cups coarsely chopped broccoli stems and tops
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 cup milk
1 cup half and half
32 oz cups vege or chicken stock (I always use chicken stock)
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper (I always use black)
2 dashes hot pepper sauce - or more ;-)

1.  To make roux, melt 3 tablespoons butter in small saucepan.  Stir in flour until well blended.  Cook over low hear, stirring often for 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat.

2.  Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in large, heavy pot.  Add onions, carrots and celery; cook until they are just beginning to get tender.  Add broccoli, basil, curry powder, paprika, thyme and celery seed; cook a few minutes longer.  Meanwhile heat milk and half and half together.  (I do this in the microwave)

3.  Add stock to vegetables, bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer.  Whisk in the roux until soup is thickened and smooth.

4.  Stir in heated milk mixture, white pepper and hot pepper sauce.  Simmer 10-20 minutes until flavors have blended but broccoli is not overdone.

Truth be told -  today I used 2 cups of skim milk, instead of 1 cup of milk and1 cup of half and half - the soup still tasted great, maybe it isn't as rich - but still a hearty and rich flavorful soup.  Personnaly I,  would NEVER skimp on the butter!

Enjoy . . . maybe with a nice Chardonnay!


  1. That soup looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have fun at the half with RDM tomorrow!

  2. I want me some soup now (it is breakfast time).
    Good luck with your streaking. I've been streaking for 98 days now and counting.
    How did your half go?