Back in the day, my sister and I watched The Powerpuff Girls. Blossom was the leader, Bubbles was the cute one, and Buttercup was the tomboy. Looking back, I realize my parents must have hated that show. Not only did it make us run around, pretending to fly, but it also caused so much drama. Both my sister and I wanted to be Bubbles. Being bossy (a trait of Blossom, by the way) my sister always said that she was Bubbles because she was the oldest (Bubbles acted like a baby, by the way). My brother was more agreeable being that he was only 2. He was fine with being Buttercup (hey, at least he got to be the tomboy, right?).
So in one of the episodes, the girls had to fight a bunch of broccoli aliens (See? This wasn’t some random tangent I just went on). Now, the broccoli had hypnotized all of the adults since they were the only ones who liked and ate broccoli. In order to save the day, the girls “defeat” the broccoli by eating them all. After this episode, my sister and I would motivate ourselves to eat broccoli by saying we were “killing all the bad guys!” (Ok, so maybe my parents liked the show a little bit.) To this day, I still think of “killing aliens” by eating broccoli. SO, in this soup, I pretty much liquified “the bad guys” before slurping them down.
Hey, you have to make sure they are good and dead, right?
3 large heads of fresh broccoli, chopped into florets
1 leek (or 1 large onion), chopped
3 and 1/2 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a large pot. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook until broccoli is tender, about 20 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir in salt and pepper and top individual bowls with chives.