Monday, October 05, 2009

easy cream of broccoli soup


Soup season has officially begun.

Since broccoli is abundant and inexpensive right now, what better way to kick off soup season than by making a huge pot of Cream of Broccoli? This soup is a snap to prepare. Plus, it's so rich and filling that it's a meal in itself. The hint of nutmeg infuses this potage with a subtle, earthy sweetness.

Cream of Broccoli Soup
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 heads of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups of soy creamer [Use soy or rice milk if you are less inclined toward decadence]
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 3 T nutritional yeast
  • Best quality extra-virgin olive oil and fresh herbs, for finishing

Serves 6

  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium low. Saute the onion and garlic until translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle salt over onions and garlic.
  2. Toss in broccoli. Saute for 5 or so minutes, until the color intensifies.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook covered, for 20-3o minutes, or until broccoli is soft.
  4. Skim off any foam and remove bay leaf. Carefully puree, either using a blender or immersion blender. Make sure all broccoli is totally pulverized.
  5. Finish each dish with a drizzle of olive oil and a snippet of fresh herbs [basil, thyme, etc] if desired.


96 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Such a scrumptious beginning to the soup season! :)

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Yum!

Judy said...

Sounds delicious. I make a similar version with pureed white beans instead of soy milk, which makes it very creamy and thick. Mmm now I'm hungry...

Jes said...

Beautiful cream of broccoli soup!

Janet said...

Sounds like the perfect way to kick off soup season.

Eco Mama said...

Oh I love the nutmeg idea! I'm so making this tomorrow night, thank you for the idea!
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Jess of Veg Out! said...

I LOVE broccoli, and cream of broccoli soup even more. This one looks so yummy. I could eat soup everyday lately (and I pretty much am)!

Melisser said...

Oooh, lovely!

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Michelle said...

Hi there! I’m just starting to explore veganism these days and just seeing all these clean recipes are already making me feel healthier. I’ve always been curious about nutritional yeast…it seems like it’s popping up all over the place in the blogosphere and still I have no idea what role it plays in recipes.

P.s. I'm hosting a ZenSoy pudding and soy milk giveaway, so hope you stop by if you're interested! :) Happy hump day!!

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I'm craving broccoli soup now...

Erica said...

anyone know of a non-soy vegan creamer?

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Soup is in the air...

Anni said...

I must try your recipe for broccoli soup, seems perfect for the season. Sadly broccoli is never abundant or cheap here in Finland! I really like your new banner by the way, haven't visited here for a while.

Sue said...

Thanks Judy for your suggestion about using white beans as a thickener and to make it creamy. I've made a pot of this soup twice in the past week and it has been a huge hit with my husband and 5-year old twins.

Jade Is Green! said...

Broccoli & cheese soup was always my fav when I was vegetarian but since becomming vegan I've been too scared to give it a go for fear of it not meeting previous standards.

This however has swayed me. Bookmarked for next years cooler months. Unfortunately being on the other side of the world means 30C+ (86F+) degree weather at the minute. Boo!

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Oohhh..soup on a cold day is always good.

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This is on the stovetop as I type this and I cannot WAIT to eat it!!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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