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As we approach the cold winter season, there is nothing I love more to warm me up than a hot bowl of broccoli soup! They are really simple to make and don’t hurt your wallet! Plus, you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen, especially for broccoli soup.
Broccoli soup is creamy yet hearty while being filling and healthy. If you want a hot dish for dinner this winter, broccoli soup is the perfect cozy comfort food that you can whip up quickly for dinners throughout the week!
Is Broccoli Soup Healthy?
Yes! Broccoli soup is loaded with fresh vegetables and herbs. Most broccoli soups are made with heavy creams and processed cheeses, but my recipe doesn’t use any of that! Instead, my broccoli soup is low-calorie and loaded with fiber, great vitamins, and antioxidants.
Instead of heavy creams to thicken the soup, my recipe calls for potatoes that do the job just as well. Also, I substitute cheese for nutritional yeast. Trust me, this soup is great tasting, and the yeast adds a little bit of extra texture to the dish while providing a great source of protein and minerals.
How To Make This Warm Soup?
Before you start cooking, it’s important to wash and chop all the vegetables and potatoes. You only have a few moments between each step when you’re cooking the soup before you need to add in more ingredients. So, you have to be quick! Prepping beforehand reduces cooking time and the risk of burning the soup!
Sauteing the veggies allows them to soften up before adding the broth, plus it makes your kitchen smell like a slice of heaven! I start with potatoes and celery because those take the longest time to begin cooking, and I slowly add in the others. Remember to periodically stir during cooking to spread around all that good flavor and avoid browning the onion and garlic.
Once you’ve added your broth and water, it’s time for the star ingredient, the broccoli! Before adding the broccoli, bring your stock to a boil. Once there, lower the heat and let it simmer for five minutes. Broccoli doesn’t need a lot of time to cook. So, if you add it while your stock is boiling, you will overcook it. We don’t want sad and soggy broccoli in our soup!
You may be wondering, how much broth is too much? The best measurement is that you want to add just enough to cover the broccoli. If you notice your soup needs a little more, add in a bit more broth or water before you blend the soup.
What To Eat With Broccoli Soup?
With broccoli soup being as hearty and filling as it is, sometimes it’s good to balance that with a lighter side dish like a salad dressed in a vinaigrette. Broccoli soup also pairs well with sweet potatoes. You can roast them or serve them as fries. They are a perfect complement!
And who doesn’t like something to dip into your soup? Sourdough, French bread, and even garlic bread are perfect for soaking up all flavor of your soup and mopping up the rest on the sides of the bowl when you’re finished! Lastly, you can never go wrong with grilled cheese along with your soup. It’s a pair that brings you right back to your childhood and is the perfect comfort food to serve on a chilly day!
Can You Freeze Broccoli Soup?
You can freeze broccoli soup in an air-tight container. When frozen, it will last about 3 months. Remember always to date your containers when freezing food so you know when they spoil. Before freezing, let the soup cool down before putting it into storage.
If you don’t plan on storing your food in the freezer, this soup can last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a large pot. Next, add the chopped onions and sauté for one minute.
Add celery and potato and sauté for another 3 minutes.
Add your garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well and cook for one minute.
Add the warm broth and warm water. Bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, lower the heat and simmer for about five minutes. Add the broccoli and cook for another 3 minutes.
Turn off the heat and allow the soup to cool down. When cool, transfer the soup into a blender and blend it! Try not to blend it too much. You are looking to get a consistency where there are still tiny bits and pieces of broccoli.
Transfer the soup back to the pot. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring it to a boil again. Add the nutritional yeast and the fresh mint. Mix well.
Season to taste and enjoy!
|1.5 lb. broccoli|
|10 oz yellow potatoes (washed and cut into small chunks)|
|4 celery sticks (chopped)|
|1 large onion (chopped)|
|6 cloves garlic (chopped)|
|2 tablespoons nutritional yeast|
|1 tablespoon salt|
|½ teaspoon pepper|
|½ cup fresh mint (chopped)|
|3 tablespoon olive oil|
|4 cups warm vegetable broth|
|2 cups warm water|
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