Broccoli and cheese make a classic soup that will bring you back to your childhood. Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, Emeril 20-4-60 Fresh Food Fast, HarperStudio Publishers, New York, 2009, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Click here for more of Snapware’s Winter Warmup.
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Heat the olive oil in a 6-quart stockpot over medium heat. When it is hot, add the onions, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper. Sauté until the onions are soft and translucent, 4 to 5 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once the stock is boiling, add the broccoli and cook until fork-tender, about 5 minutes.
Remove the soup from the heat and let it cool slightly. Then purée the soup, in batches, in a blender, adding the cheese in three additions while blending.
Adjust the seasoning if necessary, garnish with croutons if desired, and serve hot.