*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                           Cream of Broccoli Soup
 Recipe By     : Internet
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups & Stews                    Vegetables
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2      tablespoons   butter
    2      tablespoons   olive oil
    1      medium        yellow onion -- chopped
    2      stalks        celery -- chopped
    5      large         garlic cloves -- chopped
    2      large         broccoli stalks -- flowerets removed
                         and reserved -- stems chopped
      1/2  cup           flour
      1/2  teaspoon      ground black pepper
      1/4  teaspoon      cayenne pepper
    1      teaspoon      dried thyme
      1/2  teaspoon      dried rosemary
      1/2  teaspoon      freshly grated nutmeg
    2      cups          chicken stock
    1      cup           Madeira
    4      cups          half and half
    In a large soup pot, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat, and
 in  them saute the onion, celery, garlic, and broccoli stem until the onion
 is  transluscent, about 5 minutes. 
    Stir in the flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne  pepper, thyme, rosemary,
 and nutmeg and cook a few minutes more, stirring  frequently. 
    Add the chicken stock, Madeira, and 4 or 5 of the broccoli flowerets,
 and stir to mix well. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and
 simmer,  stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very soft, about
 30 minutes.
     While the soup is simmering, steam the remaining broccoli flowerets
 over  boiling water until bright green and crisp tender, 7-10 minutes.
 Immediately  remove the flowerets from the steam and submerge in an ice
 water bath or place  under very cold running water until cool to the touch.
 Drain and set aside.
     Once the vegetables in the soup are very soft, remove it from the heat
 and  puree it, until VERY smooth. 
     Return the pot to the heat and add the half and half, stirring well.
 Simmer the soup, stirring occasionally, for  another 10 minutes. 
    Just before serving, add the steamed broccoli flowerets and a pinch more
 of each of the herbs and a dash of Madeira, if desired. Serve in heated
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