Creamy Broccoli Soup

A little bit ago we tried out that recipe for Curried Cauliflower Soup and loved it so I figured that since cauliflower and broccoli are so similar that the same recipe could be altered just a bit to make Creamy Broccoli Soup.  It worked!  This soup is big on flavor.  Pure broccoli flavor.

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups milk, divided (soy or unsweetened almond milk can be substituted or you could use chicken broth for a different flavor profile- more savory than sweet)

1 cup chopped yellow onion

3 cloves garlic, chopped

5 cups (about 1 pound) broccoli florets (or 1 head)

Directions

  • Heat 1/2 cup of milk in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add onion and garlic and cook, until soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and remaining milk, cover and simmer until broccoli is very tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning  with salt and pepper if you like.
  • Working in batches, carefully purée in a blender until smooth.
  • Transfer to bowls, and serve.

We had this as a side to Loaded Baked Potatoes and it was perfect.  When I say loaded, I mean: butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese, steamed broccoli, and bacon chunks.  LOADED!

J

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Being in the dead of winter makes me want to make soups and stews like nobody’s business, but that can get old after a while (in my opinion).  This particular soup stuck out because it wasn’t another way to use a winter squash, and it wasn’t insert poultry here noodle, and it had an interesting twist with the curry.  It also happens to be vegetarian, can be vegan, and is super-healthy.

This soup comes out flavorful and thick.  The garnish would make for a great anytime snack too.  Toasted curried sunflower seeds- how can you go wrong?

Ingredients

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

3 1/2 cups milk, divided (soy or unsweetened almond milk can be substituted)

3 teaspoons mild curry powder, divided

1 cup chopped yellow onion

3 cloves garlic, chopped

5 cups (about 1 pound) cauliflower florets (or 1 head)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a medium bowl, toss sunflower kernels with 1 teaspoon milk and 1 teaspoon curry powder. Spread out on a small parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake until toasted and fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1/2 cup of milk in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add cauliflower, remaining 2 teaspoons curry powder and remaining milk, cover and simmer until cauliflower is very tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with more curry powder if you like. Working in batches, carefully purée in a blender until smooth. Transfer to bowls, garnish with sunflower seeds and serve.

We enjoyed this with roasted vegetable couscous dressed with balsamic vinegar and green salads for sides.  It was tasty and incredibly filling.

J