Servings: Serves 4
Separate broccoli stems from florets. Using a vegetable peeler, peel stems to remove tough outer layer, then slice into 1/4-inch-thick "coins." Break or cut the florets into small pieces. Reserve stems and florets separately.
In a medium saucepan, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add broccoli stems, potato, and garlic, and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add 3 cups water, broth, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover partially and simmer until broccoli and potato are tender, about 12 minutes.
Add florets; bring to a boil and then simmer 5 minutes. Transfer soup in batches to a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add half-and-half (if using) and chives, and reheat briefly.
Per serving: 135 calories (35% from fat); 6 g fat (2 g saturated, 3 g monounsaturated, 1 g polyunsaturated); 10 g protein; 14 g carbohydrates; 4.5 g fiber; 8 mg cholesterol; 1.8 mg iron; 85 mg calcium
From the January 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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