Best Broccoli Soup

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2 cups water
4 cups chopped fresh broccoli (about 1-1/2 pounds)
1 cup chopped carrots
1 rib chopped celery
1/2-1 cup minced onion
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
6 tablespoons flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoon salt
4 basil leaves, chopped (or 1/2 tsp of dried basil)
3 to 4 thyme sprigs , chopped (or 1/4 tsp dried thyme)
3 to 4 sage leaves, chopped (or 1/4 tsp dried sage)
croutons, for garnish (optional)


In Dutch oven or soup kettle, bring water to boil. Add broccoli, carrots, and celery; boil 2 to 3 minutes. Drain; set vegetables aside.

In the same kettle, saute minced onion in butter on low flame until soft and tender, stirring periodically (about 4 minutes).

Add the flour, whisking continously for about 4 minutes to form a smooth paste. (Whisking avoids burning.) Keep on low heat.

Gradually add the broth and milk, whisking constantly so it all blends. Bring to boil; boil and stir 1 minute. Add vegetables (broccoli, carrots, celery). Stir in parsley, salt and thyme. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until vegetables are tender and flavors are combined.

Add chopped thyme, sage and basil. (If using dry herbs, add about ½ tsp of basil and a ¼ tsp each of thyme and sage.)

If not serving immediately, switch off the stove and keep the soup covered.

Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with croutons if desired. 


6 to 8 servings

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Broccoli Soup

For a gluten-free soup with a milk base, I use mashed potatoes in the broth instead of using flour. The potatoes make the soup thick without the need for flour. Also, I've always used cheese in the broccoli soup.

Lower carb version?

This sounds delicious but those of us living a low carb lifestyle would appreciate a non-flour / non-cornstarch, keto-friendly option.

I always thought that milk is

I always thought that milk is added at the end of cooking time and you bring it to temperature, then serve. That way it doesn't curdle.

Recipe says "to add broth and

Recipe says "to add broth and milk gradually."

Broccoli soup

Sounds delicious...I would also use the cooking water, stock and milk. I wouldn't add the broccoli until closer to the end of cooking time...too mushy otherwise.

Broccoli Soup

Why would you boil vegetables, throw away the water ? Why not cook broccoli and carrots with stck and milk ? I bet tastier and more nutrients in finished soup !

I was wondering why it was

I was wondering why it was listed under slow cooker and then didn't use the slow cooker in the directions. What would you do, Jean, put everything in at the same time?

I don't have a soup kettle or

I don't have a soup kettle or a dutch oven, what else can be used? thanks

slow cooker would word well

slow cooker would word well for this recipe

Don't have soup kettle or dutch oven.....

You can actually use any 'heavy-bottomed' large pot....No worries...But, don't use a thin pot as it will burn everything...If something needs to simmer, than you need something with a heavy-duty things inside don't cook too fast or burn...