Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Toasts

   Well, it is the week of the Irish,so time for something green and with potatoes again!This soup is vey easy to make and it is tasty as well.
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion,chopped
2  garlic cloves,chopped
5 c. chicken stock
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large crown of fresh broccoli(or 2 smaller crowns)
2 large potato,peeled and sliced
3-4 tbsp. heavy cream
good quality cheddar cheese
  In a large saucepan,heat the olive oil,and saute the onion and garlic until the onion is cooked,about 5 minutes.Add the chicken stock,potato,salt,thyme and broccoli.Bring to a boil,then simmer for about 15 minutes.
  Transfer mixture to your blender(half at a time),and puree until smooth.Return to the pot and add the cream.Warm through.Serve with cheddar cheese toasts,and additional cheddar cheese if desired.

Cheddar Cheese Toasts:
baguette slices,1 inch thick
shredded cheddar cheese
olive oil
salt & pepper
  Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet.Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.Bake at 350 for 4-5 minutes.Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.Place back in the oven for 1-2 minutes more,until cheese is melted.Serve on top of your soup,or on the side.Make plenty...they are good!

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