When I was a kid I would make little villages with my food before I ate it. I’m sure this wasn’t as much fun for my parents as it was for me. However, I loved it and I have been grateful to broccoli ever since not only for its great taste but also its perfect resemblance to a miniature tree. The one downfall of this recipe is that it reduces broccoli down from its amazing natural shape. But I suppose you can’t have your broccoli and eat it too!
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 fennel, chopped
3 heads and stalks broccoli, chopped
2 small potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup hard cheese (I used parmesan), grated
I bought cream to serve with this soup but it was already so creamy that I didn’t need to add it, it is great as is.