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Broccoli & Leek Soup ( Serves 4-6 ) 
Aug. 3, 2011 8:18 pm 
Updated: Aug. 3, 2011 8:36 pm

500 Grams Broccoli.
2 Leeks.
3-4 Cloves Garlic .
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Butter.
2 Tablespoons Parmesan ( Shredded and to be added into the soup)
2 Tablespoons Parmasan ( to be sprinkled on each individual soup bowls )
Freshly Crushed Black Pepper.
Salt To Taste 
Juice Of 1/2 or 1 Lemon.
Leeks ! Sophisticated delicate to taste - sweeter than the onion - by all means the first choice vegetable when it comes to adding flavor.Leeks are grown in loose, sandy soil and often have grit lodged between their leaves. To clean a leek, trim off the roots and the tough, dark tops of the leaves. Peel away the outer layer from the stalk and discard. Wash throughly , and then dice the leek into discs .
Peel the tough outer layer of the broccoli stem , Cut the stem off the main flower and chop the stem into small pieces . Separate the broccoli florets .
Take boiling water to which you need to add one teaspoon of sugar ( tyle="background-color:rgb(102,255,153)">style="background-color:rgb(102,255,153)">ugar helps in retaining the freshness and green color of green vegetables while boiling )  parboil the broccoli for 30 seconds , strain cool , and mince 80 % of the broccoli . The rest chop not too fine .
In a large saucepan heat up the oil ( not butter ), then add the freshly ground pepper and garlic . Once the pepper emits its aroma ( 30 seconds ? ) add the leak , stir , cover and cook on low heat allowing the leak to slowly soften - this releases flavors and taste . 
After ten minutes when the leek are soft , add the minced broccoli .Next add the butter , mix and cook covered another ten minutes . 

Now add the remaining broccoli , 1 liter of vegetable stock ( or water and later add cubes to flavor ) cover and simmer the soup for another 10-15 minutes . 

At the end add grated parmesan to the soup along with the juice of half a lemon . Adjust the flavors and while serving sprinkle more cheeses over each bowl . Enjoy a healthy and wholesome soup ! 

Broccoli is rich in cancer-fighting beta-carotene, vitamin C and folate; it also provides a good dose of calcium. 
Leeks are rich in minerals: iron, potassium, magnesium, copper and calcium. They are low in calories contain a lot of different vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B9 (folic acid) and C.
Broccoli & Leek Soup
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Vegetables Cleaned & Chopped
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Chopped & Minced Broccoli
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Leek Cooking Slowly
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Minced Broccoli Added To Cooked Leeks
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Aug. 3, 2011 8:36 pm
Dude I just love your recipes. I've been dabbling in Indian cooking for a couple of years now, great stuff. This look really good.
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