My son is 17 and just discovered that he liked broccoli recently, so today's lunch was based on him bragging about eating broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl at a restaurant that he really enjoyed. I made "bowls" yesterday from my sourdough starter. It was four perfectly sized bowls. This morning I made the soup totally making it up as I went.
I first softened a chopped onion in butter. I added dried celery flakes, chili powder, and minced garlic to that. While that was going, I started a roux from flour and butter in a another pan. Once the onions were ready, I used my immersion blender to blend the onion so I would not have pieces but a just a base to the soup. I added the roux mixture along with concentrated chicken stock to the onion base. While that was cooking and being whisked, I started cooking the broccoli. Once the broccoli was softened, I added it along with a can of evaporated milk to the base. I then whisked until smooth and added 2% milk until it was the desired consistency. The finishing touch was two good handfuls of grated sharp cheese. Once the cheese was melted, I dipped it into the bread bowls, topped with a little cheese and chili powder, and then served. It was a hit to say the least. My husband LOVED it!!! My son said it was better than what he had at the restaurant. SUCCESS!!!