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How to Dress Up Cream of Broccoli Soup
Looking for an easy and tasty soup idea for chilly winter evenings? If you have a can or two of cream of broccoli soup in your pantry, you're just a few minutes away from a terrific meal that tastes great and is really easy to prepare.
There are several different ways to turn a simple can of cream of broccoli soup into a great first course our entrée. Simply prepare the canned soup according to the instructions on the can, and mix in a few additions that can change it from ordinary canned soup to an extraordinary gourmet style entrée.
You can adjust the flavor of your broccoli pepper soup by adding in your own special blend of spices and seasonings. Spices that blend perfectly with broccoli pepper soup include:
- Italian Seasoning Blend
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- White pepper
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
Note: You probably won't want or need to add any salt, as canned soups tend to be rather high in sodium.
Broccoli Soup Recipe Blends:
- Broccoli Pepper Soup: Stir in roasted red peppers
- Broccoli Cheddar Soup: Stir in shredded cheddar cheese and allow it to melt
- Broccoli Potato Soup: Stir in cooked diced potatoes; it's even better if you add cheddar cheese too! (The next time you're cooking potatoes for potato salad, throw in a few extras and save them to try this great recipe idea.)
- Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese Soup: Mix in chopped cook ham and cheddar cheese. (this is a terrific way to use up leftover ham when you're sick of ham sandwiches!)
- Extra Broccoli - Boost the nutrition of any of these cream of broccoli recipe variations by stirring in extra broccoli. Simply thaw a box of frozen broccoli, drain, add to the mixture, and heat.
Cooking Instructions: No matter what you add to your cream of broccoli soup, it's a good idea to allow it to simmer over low heat for at least thirty minutes, to give the flavors a chance to meld.
The ideas listed here are just a few suggestions representative of the many different ways you can customize cream pf broccoli soup. Feel free to get creative and create your own delicious combinations. If you have any great ideas about how to spice up plain cream of broccoli soup, feel free to post them in the comments section below.