It is a great time of year here in Canada for soup. When it is minus 15 Celsius outside, you really need a hearty soup to warm you up and pump you of veggies and vitamins. I will make soup from just about anything I have laying around. If I cook a roast and have potatoes and veg left over, I toss them into a soup the next day. Since I am on a diet, I can't have bread with mine, but this soup in so thick and hearty, I won;t miss it....much. I am lying to you...I LOVE bread. This soup will make me feel cheated without it.
I started off with 2 bunches of broccoli, 1 onion, a few odd carrots lying around and 1 litre of chicken stock.
Cut the onion and brown it in a little olive oil until translucent. Throw in the chicken stock, 1 litre of water, the cut broccoli and carrots or whatever veg you have laying around. I don't usually put carrot in my broccoli soup, but in this case I have a bunch sitting about. Boil it all with a little salt and pepper until the veggies are all soft. Blend it in a blender or with a hand held device. (not sure what those hand held blenders are called?)
Finish seasoning with a little salt and pepper and add 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese. Serve with grilled cheese croutons (make a grilled cheese sandwich and cut it up into squares).