BROCCOLI AND CHEESE SOUP WITH BARLEY

Broccoli

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Soup again and broccoli soup again. I am forever on this voyage towards the ultimate broccoli soup and this is one of my stops on my travels. This soup was just what I needed the other day, broccoli, barley and a lot of cheese, Sardinian pecorino to be exact; few but nice ingredients that each contributed to the overall flavour and texture.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup With Barley

BROCCOLI AND CHEESE SOUP WITH BARLEY
2 servings

1 broccoli stalk with florets attached (I obviously don’t know the right term here…)
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
3 tbslp barley
500 ml/2,1 vegetable stock. Add more if needed
3 abundant tblsp (or more) grated pecorino cheese
1 pinch ground cardamom
salt
extra-virgin olive oil

– Cut off the stem, peel it and slice it thinly. Divide the rest into small florets.
– Heat up some olive oil in a pan, add the sliced broccoli stem, the garlic, barley and cardamom and leave it to cook for about 3-4 minutes. Stir often.
– Add the stock and let it simmer for 10 minutes before adding the rest of the broccoli.
– Go on simmering for another 10 minutes. You may have to add more stock.
– Before serving, add cheese and check salt.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup With Barley

Some broccoli soup recipes here on Lucullian, for more see the recipe index:

HOT BROCCOLI AND WHITE BEAN SOUP WITH ROSEMARY
COLD BUT HOT BROCCOLI SOUP WITH TOMATOES AND CHILI PEPPER
BROCCOLI AND GREEN SPLIT PEA SOUP

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