Thursday, February 26, 2009

Rustic Broccoli Soup

The Diva here to share another Super Supper Secret Recipe! Ever have a bunch of leftover broccoli and no idea what to do with it? That's what happened to me, and I came up with a delicious way to turn it into a filling, healthy soup! Broccoli is one of the best foods in the world for you, loaded with calcium, vitamins and cancer-fighting compounds, so any way to get more of it into your diet is fantastic. Paired with a lovely salad, this could be dinner, or it could be served for lunch or as a starter before a main course. So give this recipe a try - you'll be singing broccoli's praises in no time! Even self-proclaimed broccoli hater George Bush (the original) will be jealous!

Domestic Diva's Rustic Broccoli Soup

1 yellow onion
1 garlic clove chopped
5 small yukon gold potatoes chopped (I retained the skins to boost the vitamin content of the soup, but you can peel them if you'd like)
1 1/2 cups leftover broccoli (can use fresh broccoli too!)
4 cups vegetable stock
1 tbsp Italian parsley
salt and pepper


Heat the olive oil in the pan. Saute the onions over medium heat until translucent (about 8 min). Then, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.

Add the potatoes and stock. Also, if you're using fresh broccoli, add it now. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour into a blender along with the leftover broccoli and puree the mixture until smooth (for a great blender, see my Amazon store).

Return to a pan and warm. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, I added a cheddar cheese crouton to the soup. Then I sprinkled the soup with parsley and drizzled some good olive oil on top. Enjoy!

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