1. Peel and chop broccoli stems and coarsely chop florets, keeping stems and florets separate (you should have about 6 cups or 1.5 L total).
2. In a pot, combine broccoli stems, onion, potatoes, garlic, broth, orange rind, thyme, pepper, and hot pepper flakes; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add florets; simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
3. Transfer to a blender or food processor in batches, or use an immersion blender in the pot and purée soup, adding milk until smooth. Return to pot, if necessary. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until steaming, but do not let boil. Stir in more milk if the soup is too thick. Season with up to 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt. Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with cheese.
Recipe and photo are provided by Dairy Farmers of Canada. For more recipe ideas, visit dairygoodness.ca.
Per Serving: 13 g protein;
301 mg (27% DV) calcium;
205 calories; 8 g fat; 23 g carbohydrate; 4.4 g fiber; 375 mg sodium