Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Croutons (Emeril Lagasse) Recipe

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Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Croutons (Emeril Lagasse)
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  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 cold 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. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  7. 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.
  8. Yield: 1 cup
  9. Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  10. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  11. Yield: 2/3 cup
  12. Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking , by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 777.37 Kcal (3255 kJ)
Calories from fat 369.2 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41.02g 63%
Cholesterol 94.05mg 31%
Sodium 4578.45mg 191%
Potassium 657.51mg 14%
Total Carbs 74.31g 25%
Sugars 8.78g 35%
Dietary Fiber 7.22g 29%
Protein 30.34g 61%
Vitamin C 10.5mg 17%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 15%
Iron 6.3mg 35%
Calcium 373.7mg 37%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 211.11 Kcal (884 kJ)
Calories from fat 100.26 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.14g 63%
Cholesterol 25.54mg 31%
Sodium 1243.36mg 191%
Potassium 178.56mg 14%
Total Carbs 20.18g 25%
Sugars 2.38g 35%
Dietary Fiber 1.96g 29%
Protein 8.24g 61%
Vitamin C 2.9mg 17%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 15%
Iron 1.7mg 35%
Calcium 101.5mg 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 18.2
  • 21

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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