In a large pot put broccoli, mushrooms, onion, garlic and chicken broth. If necessary, add water just to barely cover vegetables. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer 2 to 3 minutes or just until broccol1 is tender. Remove from heat. Put about 2 cups vegetable and broth mixture in blender container; cover and blend until smooth,
Repeat with remaining vegetables mixture until all soup is pureed. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Just before serving, stir in cream if desired and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve soup in large bowls generously garnished with croutons.
Makes about 2 quarts of soup, 6 to 10 servings.
Gumbos, Soups, Chowders
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana