Broccoli Mascarpone Soup

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Broccoli Mascarpone Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sliced shallots (about 6 large)
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds broccoli florets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (12 ounces) mascarpone cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add shallots. Saute 3 minutes.
  3. Add broccoli. Saute 1 minute.
  4. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  6. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  7. Cool slightly.
  8. Working in batches, transfer soup to blender; puree until smooth.
  9. Return to pot.
  10. Reserve 1/4 cup mascarpone in small bowl. Cover and chill.
  11. Whisk 1 and 1/4 cups mascarpone and cayenne pepper into soup.
  12. Season with salt.
  13. Ladle soup into bowls.
  14. Garnish with reserved mascarpone.
  15. Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve. Serves 8.