Makes 4 servings, ¾ cup each

You will need:

  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 ½ cups frozen chopped broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons tub margarine
  • 2 cups fat free milk (make during demonstration using nonfat dry milk powder and water)
  • 4 slices (3 oz.) 2% American cheese 
  • 4 drops hot pepper sauce (optional)

Microwave Instructions:

  1. Steam broccoli and ¼ cup water in medium microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour broccoli onto a dinner plate or cutting board.
  3. Melt margarine in same microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds.
  4. Add flour, black pepper, and onion powder. Stir with whisk until well mixed.
  5. Add milk and stir with whisk. Microwave 3 minute and then whisk.
  6. Microwave again for 3 minutes and then whisk)
  7. Continue microwaving until soup is thick and bubbly, about 1-2 minutes.
  8. While soup is cooking, cut broccoli into tiny pieces with knife and fork.
  9. Add cooked broccoli and cheese slices to the thickened soup.
  10. Microwave 1 minute, until cheese melts. Stir well to mix in cheese.
  11. Add hot sauce to taste if you like.

Stovetop Instructions:

  1. Heat water in medium saucepan until water boils.
  2. Add broccoli. Cover and boil 1-2 minutes, stirring a few times. Broccoli should be bright green and crisp-tender.
  3. Turn off heat and pour broccoli onto a dinner plate or cutting board.
  4. Melt margarine in same saucepan over medium heat.
  5. Add flour and stir with whisk until well mixed.
  6. Add black pepper, onion powder, and milk. Stir with whisk.
  7. Cook over medium heat, whisking a few times, until soup is thick and bubbly, about 3-4 minutes. While soup thickens, cut broccoli into tiny pieces with knife and fork.
  8. Add cooked broccoli to thickened soup and turn heat to low.
  9. Add cheese slices. Cook 2 minutes, until cheese melts.
  10. Add hot sauce to taste if you like.