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Microwave Broccoli and Orange Soup

ingredients

serves 4
350 g (12 oz) broccoli, divided into stalks and small florets
900 ml (1 1/2 pints) chicken stock
25 g (1 oz) polyunsaturated margarine
1 onion, skinned and chopped
3 tbls (25 g) 1 oz plain flour (All purpose)
2/3 cup (150 ml) 1/4 pt semi skimmed milk
rind and juice of 1 large orange, with rind cut into fine strips
salt and pepper, to taste

method

1. Peel the broccoli stalks if thick and roughly chop. Set aside with half the broccoli florets.

2. Put half broccoli florets into a bowl with 750 ml (1 1/4 pints) boiling chicken stock.

3. Cover, cook, 100% (High) 4 minutes.

4. Drain florets and reserve. Set stock aside.

5. Put margarine and onion into a bowl.

6. Cover, cook 100% (High) 3 minutes, until softened. Stir in flour,

7. Cook, uncovered, 100% (High) 5 minute.

8. Gradually whisk in the stock, add broccoli stalks, and uncooked florets.

9. Cover, cook 100% (High) 15 minutes, whisking after 5 minutes.

10. Puree soup, return to bowl with milk, 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) of the orange rind, orange juice and seasoning.

11. Cook, uncovered, 100% (High) 15 minutes.

12. Add broccoli florets

13. Cook, uncovered, 100% (High) 1/2 minute to heat.

14. Before serving, add the broccoli florets to the soup and reheat.

15. Sprinkle with remaining orange rind.

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