That may sound like an odd combination to you, but I assure that the broccoli and apple flavors marry beautifully in this soup. Several years ago, my friends James and John threw a large-scale dinner party and served this, though they wouldn't tell us the ingredients until afterwards. The apple provides a subtle kick to the otherwise flat taste of the cooked broccoli.
Broccoli and Apple Soup
5 C Broccoli
3 Tbl butter
2 granny smith apples - peeled, cored and diced
1 red onion - diced
3 C vegetable stock
1/3 C sour cream
Salt and pepper
Separate broccoli into florets and dice the stalks. Melt the butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the broccoli stalks, onion and apple and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft.
Add the stock and broccoli florets. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Puree the soup in batches in a blender, or use an immersion blender, until the soup is the desired consistency.
Season with salt and pepper and stir in the sour cream.
Thanks to John for providing me with the recipe that I based this on.