I'm home and have a kitchen I'm comfy in. Result, I'm cooking more.
A few days ago I steamed my broccoli florettes and looked at the stalks I'd just cut them away from and thought "why toss that in the compost when it's perfectly edible?"
So, I called mom and had her explain how she makes broccoli soup. This is a fantastic way to use those stalks and get a couple great winter meals.
You will need (no, I don't use measurements for this sort of thing)
Butter Broccoli Celery Onion chicken broth (optional) or water
-melt the butter in your soup pot, add the celery and onion. Cook until tender (not brown) -add broccoli and liquid. Mom uses chicken broth, I used the water from the bottom of the steamer from the steamed broccoli and chicken stock, you can use plain water if you're going vegetarian. -set to boil, then simmer till broccoli is soft and tender
Let it cool a bit. Once cooled down, put it in the blender till smooth. You now have broccoli soup.
I like adding black pepper and a hint of salt for flavor. Really don't need anything else.
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Alternately, you can braise such stalks ( works well with chard stems, celery, etc.) in some broth/stock/water with a dab o butter. At the end you can sprinkle w grated cheese and run under the broiler.