Even the Kids Will Enjoy Their Broccoli With This Soup
When our girls were a bit younger, we sometimes had to get very creative in how we got them to eat their vegetables. Fortunately, now that they are both young ladies, they really enjoy vegetables. And they are both fans of broccoli. So, rather than hide broccoli in heavy cream sauces or under a thick blanket of melted cheese, this soup lets it take center stage.
Try it; I think you will really like it. And if your kids still aren’t convinced that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, the fun bowtie pasta helps a lot. If they still look at you funny, a few gratings of good cheddar, Swiss or Parmesan cheese will probably convince them to give this delicious soup a try.
Starting with packaged low-sodium chicken stock or vegetable broth is a great time saver, and you’ll be able to have this soup on the table in under half an hour. Pair it with a quick salad and some crusty bread, and dinner is ready. Not bad for a homemade soup that your whole family will love!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt, to taste
freshly ground white pepper, to taste
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 head of broccoli, broken into bite-sized florets
6 cups chicken stock or vegetable broth
homemade or store-bought 8 oz farfalle (bowtie) pasta
For the Optional Garnish grated cheddar, Swiss or Parmesan cheese
How To Prepare At Home
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
When the pan is hot, add the oil.
When the oil shimmers, add the onion and garlic along with a heavy pinch of salt and freshly ground white pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to turn golden.
Stir in the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan, allowing the wine to cook down until dry.
Add the stock or broth and bring to a boil.
Turn down the heat to medium, and add the pasta. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the broccoli and continue to simmer until the broccoli and pasta are tender, another 5-7 minutes.
Taste and adjust the seasonings. If desired, top each bowl of soup with some freshly grated cheese.
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