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Cream of broccoli soup, hold the extra calories… Yum, yes please.
This broccoli soup packs on all the flavors of a traditional cream of broccoli soup, but actually has a very small amount of cream! It’s amazing. The texture is luxurious, and the flavors are decadent, but you waist line will thank you! Try this soup, and you’ll never miss the cream overloads.

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“Cream” of Broccoli Soup
Time: 45 mins Serves: 4
-3 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
-1 medium onion, diced
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 tsp red pepper flakes
-1/4 cup of unsalted butter
-1 tbls olive oil
-1/3 cup flour
-1/4 cup of dry white wine
-1/2 cup of water
– 5 cups of low sodium chicken broth
-1/3 cup of heavy cream
-salt & pepper
-Parmesan cheese for garnish
Melt the butter and olive oil together in a Dutch oven, over medium heat.
Once the butter is melted, add the onion, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt & pepper.
Cook the onion until it is softened and translucent. 8-10 minutes.
Add the garlic. Cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the flour in slowly, stirring constantly. Once the flour is completely incorporated, cook for an additional minute to allow the raw flour taste to cook out.
Add the wine, and stir until the wine has completely evaporated.
Slowly, add in the water and chicken broth, whisking as you do to combine the flour with the liquid.
Bring the liquid up to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes allowing the broth to thicken slightly.
Add the broccoli and bring the pot up to a simmer. Allow the soup to cook uncovered for 25 minutes until the broccoli is very tender.
Using an immersion hand blender, blend the soup until it is completely smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender, you can blend the soup in batches in a food processor or a stand blender.
Once the soup is completely blended, check the taste for additional salt and pepper. You will almost always need more salt! 
Add the heavy cream and gently stir to combine. Allow the cream to warm through.
Garnish with as much or as little parmesan cheese as you wish!

****Broccoli is from my local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box from Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin, Texas.