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Old 01-18-2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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Chopping Broccoli for soup

I've got a bunch of fresh broccoli florets that I need to use up. I want to make broccoli cheese soup and found an easy recipe on Allrecipes. What would be the quickest, easiest way to chop these up for soup? Food processor, knife?

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Old 01-18-2010, 12:43 PM   #2
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If you're going to puree the soup, use the FP to chop the broccoli.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:52 PM   #3
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I have made broccoli cheese soup before and didn't puree it because I wanted pieces of broccoli. I just chopped it finely with a knife, it was quick and easy and less to clean up (always a plus!)
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I just hack it up, with the small parts of the stems, simmer it in stock with some onion, add cream/milk put it and through a food processor or blender as Andy says. Never thought of processing is small before hand. Will have to try that. Thanks, Andy!
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:40 PM   #5
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My favorite part of the broccoli is the stems, trimmed and partially peeled, chopped small, I like the taste and texture of it better than the flowerette parts. So I trim and peel them, then chop up the stems starting at the bottom and working to the flowerettes and cook them first, then make the flowerettes small enough to fit in a bite, then I add them, they cook fast. Hope that helps.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:50 PM   #6
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The soup came out great. Thanks everyone. I did not use the food processor or the knife. I pulled out my chop wizard for the onion but didn't think about it for the broccoli. I used that and it came out just right and was easy. DH had seconds and thirds on the soup. Even I had seconds last night. Now I know how versatile the chop wizard is!
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