Kitchen Garden Seeds

Jo’s Cream of Broccoli Soup
Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms
John Scheepers Bantam, Connecticut
There is nothing better than a stash of homemade soup in the freezer over the winter. It tastes even better remembering how it felt to make it when the vegetables were just fresh from the garden.
Jo’s Cream of Broccoli Soup
  • 1 big bunch Broccoli
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 finely chopped yellow Onions
  • 1 finely chopped Leek
  • 1 cup finely diced Celery
  • 1/2 cup finely diced Carrots
  • 1 minced clove Garlic
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk (warm)
  • 4 cups chicken stock (warm)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Marjoram
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Optional: grated cheddar cheese
  • Lightly steam Broccoli and dip in ice water to stop cooking and retain verdant greenness. Drain well. Cut the florets and edible stem into bite-size pieces. Set aside.

    In a heavy soup pot, melt the butter and sauté the Onions, Leek, Celery, Carrots and Garlic over a medium heat until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir to make a roux, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually add milk and broth, constantly stirring until smooth. Add the Thyme and Marjoram, and salt, pepper and freshly grated nutmeg to taste. Stir over low heat until thickened. Add the Broccoli. (It freezes well in airtight plastic bags for use within three months.) Serve piping hot with a optional sprinkling of grated cheddar cheese.