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 sauté 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.

Broccoli Soup

Prep Time

10 Minutes
Cook Time

40 Minutes
Total Time

50 Minutes

Serves 2-4


  • 12 oz Broccoli Florets
  • 6 oz sliced thin Broccoli Stems
  • 1 1/2 oz Butter
  • 3 oz diced Onion
  • 2 minced Garlic Cloves
  • 3 T Flour
  • 3 1/2 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 1/3 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3 Sprigs Thyme (leaves only)
  • Salt and Pepper


  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, blanch your broccoli florets for 3 minutes. Remove from pot and place in an ice bath - reserve. In a medium sized pot, melt butter over medium heat, and add in onion, broccoli stems and pinch of salt. Sweat 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in garlic and stir. Add in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes (no coloring) – whisk in 1/3 of stock, bring to a boil and add in remaining stock.
  • Continue to whisk and bring to a boil – then add in your cream, bay leaf, and thyme and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 20-30 minutes (or until broccoli/onion are cooked through with no bite). Remove Bay Leaf.
  • Add in your blanched, drained florets into soup, and heat up for a minute. Transfer to a Vitamix and blend 1 minute til smooth, taste & season.