My son Brian asked me to think up of more vegetable recipes. One day I ordered some vegetables from an organic farming cooperative and I was given some broccoli and carrots. I know that in the healthy department, broccoli gets five stars and so does carrot.
Now there’s one thing I cannot live without: my handheld blender. I became acquainted with the handheld blender when I did a stint in Rome, Italy in 1997, as a companion for an elderly couple. The elderly senior that I was accompanying, was fond of using the handheld bender so that soup was easy to eat.
I greatly suggest that you invest in a good handheld blender because you can do so much kitchen magic with it, like this Broccoli and Carrot Soup.
Broccoli and Carrot Soup
A creamy soup of pureed broccoli and carrot, awesome to the last drop!
- 1 head of broccoli - cut into flowerettes - place in colander, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt and let sit for 30 minutes
- 1 carrot - peel and shred in biggest hole of grater - mix with broccoli
- 1 onion - chopped
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- 6 cups broth or water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In large saucepan good for 12 cups of water, place over medium-low heat.
Put in the cooking oil and butter until melted.
Saute the onions for 2 minutes.
Add in the broccoli and carrot mixture and toss for 2 minutes.
Sprinkle in the flour and continue to saute; mixing well.
Continue to mix for about 2 minutes so that the flour gets well distributed.
Slowly pour in the broth and continue to mix the soup until all the broth is poured in.
Then pour in the evaporated milk and the seasonings.
Simmer for about 3 minutes.
Now get a handheld blender or a food processor or a stand blender and coarsely blend the soup. If you are using a stand blender or a food processor, blend in batches and be careful of the hot soup splashing on you. That is why I prefer the handheld blender because it makes cooking so much easier.
When the soup has been coarsely blended, continue to simmer for about 5 minutes.
Now taste the soup and adjust to your taste.
You can also add more milk if desired.
Serve while it is hot.