St. Patrick’s Day Cream of Broccoli Soup


First, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of my readers and subscribers!  Hope you are all having a lovely day of celebrating in green!   For those of you who drink just because, ‘that’s what you do” on St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a little history:

‘St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.’-Info from www.history.com.

In honor of today (and the fact that the broccoli in the fridge probably would go bad by midweek next week) I decided to make a cream of broccoli soup.  Go back to my childhood and you wouldn’t catch me anywhere near broccoli let alone a broccoli soup but taste buds change and I sure do love me some broccoli!

Ingredients:

broccoli soup ingredients

2 cups of Milk,

pepper to taste,

3 Tablespoons flour,

3 cups chicken broth,

1 stalk celery,

1 onion,  5 tablespoons butter and

8 cups broccoli.

 

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1.  Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in pan.  Sautee  cut onion and 1 stalk chopped celery in with the butter.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_71862.  Add 8 cups of broccoli and 3 cups of chicken stock in with the celery and onions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_71883.Put on low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_71894.  While above simmers, in a small pan melt 3 Tablespoons of butter.  Add 3 Tablespoons of flour and 2 cups of milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_71925.  Stir until mixture becomes thick and creamy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_71906.  Take the broccoli, celery, onion and chicken stock and put into a blender.

**TIP:  This is hot!  Hold onto the top of the blender with an oven mitt or towel.  {If you don’t, you risk turning your whole kitchen green :)}

 

 

 

 

IMG_71967.  Once blended, put back into pan and add the cream.   Add pepper to taste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was such a nice light soup to have AND>>> it’s green to help celebrate your  St. Patrick’s Day!!

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