You can vary the flavor of this basic soup by adding a teaspoon of thyme, basil, or any herb during the first step. For a delicious change of pace, try the curried variation at the end of the recipe.
Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup Variation
Add 1 teaspoon of good, mild curry powder to the broth in the first step. Substitute a cooked, peeled medium sweet potato for the Yukon gold potato, and add a larger pinch of cayenne pepper to finish.