Cream of Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

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a creamy and delicious soup that is all about the vegetables


  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1/2 head to one head cauliflower
  • or all broccoli/cauliflower
  • water
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or milk
  • 1/2 cup sherry (optional)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese with some reserved to sprinkle on top


  1. Before I begin I will note that this is a somewhat fluid recipe. It can be easily altered in volume and the amounts are then just adjusted to taste. In fact I really don’t measure anything when I make it – I just taste, taste, taste as I’m going along and add as necessary.
  2. Break the broccoli and the cauliflower down into florets and put them in a large stock pot. Cover with water, add a generous amount of salt and set over med-high heat and let it boil. Check it periodically and if the water level starts to get too low just add more water.
  3. The goal is to boil the vegetables to mush. Seriously, because you are going to mash them with a potato masher. This is the soup. When the broccoli and cauliflower reach mush stage mash them up good. Make sure there is enough water to cover the mashed vegetables.
  4. Lower the heat to med-low and add the heavy cream or if you prefer a less fattening, lighter soup add milk or a mixture of both. Add the sherry if you are using and let the soup cook for another minute or so. If you like your soup with substance you can leave it with the pieces just mashed like this. If you prefer a smoother soup use an immersion blender or run it through a blender and return it to the pot. Add the cheddar cheese and stir well until it melts. Be sure to leave some cheese aside to sprinkle on top.
  5. To thicken the soup: add the flour to the softened butter and knead until it is incorporated. It will all work together. Take a whisk and a little at a time whisk the butter mixture into the hot soup until it is all added. The soup will thicken as you add the butter/flour mixture. Let the soup cook for at least another minute to cook off the flour taste. At this point the soup should be nice and thick and ready to serve.
  6. Taste it and adjust with salt and add some freshly ground pepper.
  7. Sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top and serve.


I am not including a calorie count on this as it is a fluid recipe and you can add more cheese, use milk instead of cream, etc. There are just so many variables.

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