Creamy Broccoli Soup with Cheddar and Chive Toast

Creamy Broccoli Soup with Cheddar and Chive Toast

2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 T. fresh thyme leaves, chopped (from about 4 sprigs)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
A couple of dashes of hot sauce
2 10-oz boxes of frozen broccoli, defrosted
1 qt. chicken stock or broth
1/2 C. heavy cream or half-and-half
8 slices baguette bread
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 C. flat leaf parsley, chopped
zest and juice of 1 lemon

Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and the onions, garlic, and thyme to the pot and season with salt, pepper, and a few dashes of hot sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are tender. Add the broccoli and continue to cook until the broccoli is heated through. Transfer the broccoli and the onions to a blender or food processor with 1/2 C. chicken stock and puree until smooth. Add the pureed broccoli back to the soup pot and stir in the remaining 3 1/2 C. chicken stock and the cream. Bring the whole thing to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. While the soup is simmering, toast the baguette slices until golden in the broiler or toaster oven. Mix the cheddar and parsley and sprinkle over the golden toast slices. Return to the broiler or toaster oven to melt and lightly brown the cheese. To finish the soup, add the lemon zest and juice, stir to combine, and transfer the soup to serving bowls. Serve immediately.








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