Sunday, July 10, 2011

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Today I made homemade Broccoli and Cheddar Soup and fresh Parmesan crisps. It is low in carbs and makes a delicious vegetarian meal.

The first thing I did was wash and cut the broccoli into small pieces and put them in a soup pot. Then I covered the broccoli with water and brought to a boil.



Once the broccoli was tender, I added diced basil, salt and pepper, and about a tablespoon of vegetable base. (If you are not vegetarian you can always start with chicken broth or use chicken base.)




Once the seasonings were added, I used a hand blender to blend the flavors together and pureed them until they were at a consistency that I liked.




Be sure to taste seasonings and adjust as needed. I added the cheese when I liked how my soup looked and tasted. I used a cup of triple cheddar and a cup of Mexican four cheese but feel free to use whichever kind of cheese you like.




When I finished adding the cheese, I added about a 1/2 cup of half and half (or you can use heavy cream if you prefer) and warmed through. 



While that was warming I made my Parmesan crisps. All you need is shredded Parmesan and a hot flat pan, lightly oiled. (Non-stick works best). Drop small handfuls of cheese onto the hot pan in separate piles.



Once the edges turn golden brown, flip carefully with a small spatula. These can also be done in the oven at 300˚ for 5 minutes.




Once they are golden on both sides, put on a plate to cool. Plate soup and add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of paprika (or any other toppings you like.)


 

Enjoy! :)

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