Emeril's Broccoli and Cheese Soup With Croutons

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“I love Emeril because he almost never lets me down. This recipe came from an episode of Emeril Live. I usually use fresh broccoli, and roast it just until it browns up around the edges. I also add about 1/2 teaspoon of Essence of Emeril along with the thyme and nutmeg.”
4 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium pot, melt the 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and cook, stirring, until soft, 3 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme cook, stirring, until fragrant, for 20 seconds. Add the flour and cook, stirring until the mixture is well blended and smells fragrant, 2 minutes. Slowly add the chicken stock, whisking constantly, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook, stirring, until tender, for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and puree with a hand-held immersion blender. (Alternatively, in batches, puree in a blender or food processor and return to the pot.)
  3. Add the cream and bring to bare simmer to heat through. Add the cheese and cook over low heat, stirring, until melted. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, stirring to blend.
  4. Remove from the heat and ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle croutons over the top of the soup and serve immediately.
  5. Croutons:
  6. 1 cup 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubed French bread
  7. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 1/4 teaspoon Essence or Creole seasoning, recipe follows
  9. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the bread in a medium bowl and toss with oil and Essence. Spread evenly on a small baking sheet and bake, stirring twice, until light golden brown on top, about 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving.
  10. Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  11. 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  12. 2 tablespoons salt
  13. 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  14. 1 tablespoon black pepper
  15. 1 tablespoon onion powder
  16. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  17. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  18. 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  19. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

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