One of the first practical exams in Culinary School was to make a Broccoli Soup. When I first heard this I thought it was a fairly random thing to be tested on but it truly tests your basic culinary skills such as: blanching vegetables properly, seasoning correctly, working with texture and consistency and following basic saute principles. This is an extremely easy recipe and it's FANTASTIC. So I share with you, the soup I had to make on my very first Practical Exam, and which I still continue to make because it's that damn good.
Creamy, smooth Broccoli Soup