I’m on a vegetable soup kick. Give me a single vegetable, onions, garlic, some stock, and poof I make it into soup! Soup is my favorite lunch. It’s easy and filling. And I really don’t eat soup for any other meal. Maybe that’s why I like it. To be it’s the quintessential lunch. There are hundreds of different soup recipes out there. Soup is also one of the easiest recipes to rift on. Everything goes in a pot and heats up together. You get to chose if you want to go the extra step and purée it into a smooth liquid. I’ve been using my Vitamix with these single vegetable soups to get a really silky smooth texture. I also love the vibrancy of the color that comes from puréeing a soup.
This broccoli soup is very simple to make just broccoli, onions, garlic, veggie stock, a pinch of cayenne, and a bit more of mustard powder. The key is a teaspoon of baking soda that helps break down the broccoli. It makes it a quick soup to pull together midmorning before lunch. Or at least that’s what I usually do. For a little color and texture I chopped up some sun dried tomatoes. The salty acidic flavor of the tomatoes was the perfect compliment to the earthy broccoli. You can always add a bit more of cayenne if you really like a kick. For me the little pinch is enough to make the soup irresistible without burning my mouth.
- 2 bunches of broccoli (approx. 2 lbs), coarsely chopped stems and all
- 2 medium white onions, coarsely chopped
- 4 large garlic cloves
- 2 C of vegetable stock (with at least 1 more reserved)
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp, baking soda
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
- salt to taste
- Set a large stock pot to medium heat on the stove.
- Add oil, onion, and garlic. Stir occasionally until you start to smell the onion.
- Add in chopped broccoli, cayenne, mustard and baking soda. Stir to combine.
- Add in 2 cups of stock and cover the pot.
- Set the burner to medium low and leave to simmer for approximately a half and hour.
- Check on the soup. If the broccoli is falling apart tender then it is ready. If not give it several minutes more time on the heat.
- Add half the soup mixture to a high speed blender. Process until puréed. You may need to add more stock in to make the consistency thin enough to process. Note leave the center cap off the top of the blender to allow steam to come out just place a tea towel over the open hole so that food doesn't spray out
- Set aside the processed soup in a large bowl and repeat with the remainder of the broccoli.
- Taste soup and season with salt. Check thickness as well if needed add a bit more stock to make it a thick but moveable purée.
- Serve with sun dried tomatoes, chopped nuts, or shredded cheese.