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Budget, Healthy, Peasant Food, Soup, Vegetarian

Broccoli Soup

Sometimes you just want something very quick, simple and healthy – look no further. This dish was seen on tele due to one of Nick Nairn’s outings on Ready, Steady, Cook. The recipe is on the BBC Food website and you can find it here.

Before we go on, a little word about broccoli. This stuff is so good for you; it’s full of Vitamin C and dietary fibre as well as containing a raft of nutrients with anti-cancer properties – seriously, it’s good stuff!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 500ml chicken or vegetable stock (more if necessary)
  • 200g broccoli florets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Drizzle cream, to serve (optional)

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the garlic for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Pour the chicken or vegetable stock into the pan and add the broccoli florets.
  3. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10-12 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
  4. Season to taste, then transfer to a liquidizer. Blend until smooth.
  5. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and drizzle with cream to serve.

That’s it, super simple and really tasty. As always I used the Knorr Stock Pots for the vegetable stock and one of the reasons I love them so much is how well they’re seasoned – as well as ease of use, great flavour, etc… (no, I’m not sponsored by Knorr by the way).

I didn’t go exactly as the recipe would tell you either. The original recipe says to only use 250ml of stock but as soon as I poured mine into the hot pan half of it steamed off immediately. I reckon I probably used about 750ml in all so be prepared. Also, I don’t like my soups to be totally smooth unless it’s a creamy soup so I used a stick blender at the end and whizzed up about 80 percent of it so there were still little chunks of broccoli to be found.

Simple, Quick & Healthy

Simple, Quick & Healthy

You could of course go the other way and use about 100ml of cream and really get it smooth, I bet that’s lovely too but either way, some chunky bread with lashings of butter would go so well with this soup. Of course I wouldn’t suggest the cream or bread if you’re trying to be really healthy.

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