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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Best Broccoli Soup You'll Ever Have


Alex loves loves loves soup, and he always orders it at restaurants. (It's like his thing.) So when Momfilter wrote about this delicious broccoli soup that kids also beg for, we knew we had to try it (wouldn't it be perfect for winter lunches?)...

The Best Broccoli Soup You'll Ever Have
Recipe by Ariel, written by Yolanda Edwards


Our friend Ariel makes the most delicious broccoli soup which our daughter inhaled (and keeps asking for). When I asked Ariel for the recipe, she said she wings it every time, depending on how much she has on hand, but here's her very loosey-goosey recipe.

Recipe: Ariel's Broccoli Soup

You'll need:
1 onion
1 carrot
Olive oil
2 cups chopped potatoes
Lots of broccoli florets
Cauliflower florets (optional)
Vegetable stock
Salt, pepper, cumin
Grated parmesan or cheddar (optional)

Sauté 1 chopped onion and 1 large carrot in butter and a bit of olive oil. Add peeled potatoes that are quartered or eighthed depending on size of potato, resulting in 2 cups of chopped potatoes. Add broccoli florets and cauliflower if you like, loads of them. Add good quality vegetable stock (I like the Knorr pots). Top up with water so all ingredients are submerged. Add salt, pepper and a touch of cumin.

Simmer for 20 minutes. Puree in food processor. Serve with grated parmesan or cheddar on top.
Delicious! Thank you so much, Ariel and Yolanda.

P.S. More best recipes, including tomato soup and French vinaigrette. And the perfect winter lunch...

(Photos by Rachel for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Shoko for help with this series)

67 comments:

teeny84 said...

looks so delicious and easy!! Thanks for passing it along!

hemborgwife said...

I am also a soup orderer at restaurants and it is funny how many people find it odd! This looks great will have to try for our soup Thursday's which is a common thing over here in Sweden!

Cotton Bird Designs said...

Gorgeous recipe, can't wait to try it!

Diana Mieczan said...

I love eating soups too especially the creamy-thick-kind during autumn and winter. They just make everything so much better on those cold gloomy days. Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious:) xo

ale norris said...

yum! i've never made broccoli soup before, but this one looks like it's worth a shot.
-ale

andrea said...

This looks so wonderful! I am a huge soup fan and think I may just make this Friday night for dinner for a girlfriend and I.

Thanks for sharing.

hazel said...

I make something similar but add silken tofu for some protein...yummy!

hazel said...

I make something similar but add silken tofu for some protein...yummy!

RosieB said...

I LOVE broccoli soup, and this recipe sounds gorgeous! One of my goals for this year was to master several soup recipes, and it's the only NY resolution I've ever fulfilled! :)

I have a recipe for broccoli and stilton soup (my favourite!) on my blog if you'd like to take a look? :)

http://ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/recipe-broccoli-and-stilton-soup.html

Chelsea said...

Holy yummm! I need this since I'm sick right now.

allmussedup said...

I tend to Asianize classic soups like this by adding a spoonful of Thai green curry paste and swirling in a wee bit of coconut cream...the kick is stupendous.

It's getting cold here in Holland and my beloved Le Creuset pot is getting paraded out quite a bit for soup!

sumslay said...

That looks delicious (and I loooove that it's potato based...mmmmm). I'm a soup lover too, like Diana, in autumn and winter. It's funny though, bc I don't often order it at restaurants just because i feel like it's a "waste": almost as expensive as an entree, and you can't really share it with the table like an appetizer.

Love me if ya dare said...

It looks delicious and so simple to make, I've got to try it!

Chloe Moon said...

Broccoli soup? I've never had it... I'm recently becoming a big soup person so I'll give it a whirl!! =)

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xandra burns said...

aaah can't wait to try this when i go home and have a real kitchen.

xandra ★

Shruti Kapoor said...

Such a simple recipe, def. going to try it. Luckily I have tons of Broccoli in my refrigerator : )

Sarah Kyle said...

oooh this looks delicious.

Stylelinx said...

Yummy! I'll have to try it for the holidays...it looks hearty.

heshewee said...

I'm on a soup kick right now (It's raining like crazy in Vancouver!) Tried a broccoli soup last week and it was just okay...looking forward to trying this recipe out. Thanks!

Mandy Koster said...

I love brocolli soup! i make it at least once a month. Thanks for this recipe, it is a different variaty, looks so yummy!

Xxx Mandy

Http://mandykoster.blogspot.com

Isabelle said...

This is exactly my mom's recipe for brocoli soup... for any vegetable soup actually.

This works with cauliflower, carrots, zucchinis, turnips, leeks (just let them caramelize a bit)... almost everything. Great for a "clean the kitchen" round ;)

You can also add a bit ok milk to make the soup less dense and give it a great silkiness, and play with different cheeses and spices...

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

these recipe posts just keep getting better and better :)

alice said...

you need to add some butter, or lighter version, some philadelphia cheese. Will be super yummie!Believe me!

www.ottalovemuffin.com

johanna said...

I know its a loosey goosey recipe but can we get some idea of how much vegetable stock to add?

Amy Mac said...

MMmmmmmm. I love soup. One of my favorite meals ... it matters not what kind, if it's soup, I'm in! So, thanks for this recipe!

Victoria said...

I could just eat this, with lots of bread and butter! x

Shea Nichole said...

I know what I'm making this Sunday evening! Perfect for a fall/winter lazy Sunday!!!

Morgan Liti said...

This looks amazing!! Definitely going to have to try this. :)

Morgan
seemomogo.blogspot.com

lc | rebuild said...

Love it, Joanna! I was having a rough time last night, and my boyfriend went out and picked up some broccoli soup and a baguette-- the cure for all that ails you! Eager to try the homemade version... will probably be even more comforting and delicious!

Allie said...

love the simplicity! this is my favorite kind of recipe.

wmbg. said...

yummy. i'd add some hot sauce to tang it up a bit. perfect for cold days.

Justin + Liesl said...

Looks absolutely divine.... and perfect! It's lunch time.

xoxo
Liesl

woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com

Freya Lily said...

I am on such a soup kick. I love love love it so! I made a tomato soup for the week and finished it today. It's so nice to have a big bowl of soup for lunch, especially on a cold, dark, wintery day like those we're already getting here in Toronto!

Adding this to my Pinterest account :)

Roma Girn said...

I love broccoli soup. I have a similar recipe and I've made the soup about 4 times this fall. So hearty and filling and so good for you. YUM!

Jenny Rosenthal said...

Looks yummy! And way healthier than canned soup. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Kristina said...

Interesting, I'll have to try!

Kristina

Kristina does the Internets

Ms. Morgan said...

I was a little hesitant at first but this looks and sounds yummy. I might have to try this out. Thanks. :)

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Anna said...

This really looks like something my kids would eat, all smooth and creamy and no chunks. Thanks for sharing!

lauralcharles said...

Wow, that looks delicious! Can't wait to try this out. Thanks.

laurakidd said...

Looks like a dream! I'm definitely trying this. Never made soup before but you make it seem easy. Thank you so much for posting!

iloveyouvalentine said...

wow, i've never had broccoli soup before but this recipe looks simple enough! i'll be trying it out for dinner soon :)

Charlotte said...

I don't even like broccoli and this still sounds good! Yum x

Jaime said...

Sounds so tasty! Going to make this weekend.

gratis total said...

It LOOKS GOOD!. I feel the same when I eat out

KJ said...

This looks good =)

Kanae

www.pearlsandpeacocks.com

Lalita said...

It looks really yummy but its not, i just tried it... Really, not even 1kg cheese would make it better. And i do like brocoli... Sorry...

Barret said...

No offense but this is one of the most boring soups I have ever made. It makes a great BASE for the best broccoli soup ever but needs some serious doctoring up to stand on it's own. So so so plain and flavorless.

sarahsue said...

I just gave this a go and while I like it I'd recommend being conservative with the water to match the texture above. I'd also say it's better to let the potatoes cook a while and add the broccoli after several minutes so you get that nice bright green. Mine turned out more of a pea soup color.

I could see where most people would find this bland. I don't eat dairy so this was a good alternative to a creamy broccoli soup.

Rachel B.C. said...

I just made this. It's EXTREMELY bland. I can't even finish half of one bowl. Sorry, J, but I want to let everyone else know before they spend the time making it. :(

Mackenzie said...

My baby loved it...Quite bland for me and my husband. Disappointing!

Mackenzie said...

Husband just read that and said, "What! I really like it. It just needed a turkey leg or something with it." So there you go.

Amanda Erickson said...

We had this tonight and really enjoyed it.

That said, I agree about using less water, and also about letting the potatoes and other veggies cook a little before adding the broccoli and cauliflower. After pureeing, I added a generous handful of cheddar and stirred it through.

Smile, Emily said...

Ok, just made this. Added stock and then enough water "to cover the vegetables"... it's way too watery! Trying to boil it down right now. But it is quite bland, and I typically like soup! :( I'll be attempting to doctor it.

lek9898 said...

This Soup is EASY and Extremely Good.......... You will not believe how Great it Tastes , You can't go Wrong !! ENJOY !!

lek9898 said...

Use only the Crowns for a Hearty Taste.... Microwave Broccoli with a bit of water and try Chicken Soup Base.... If you like broccoli you will
Love this Soup !!

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cody said...

i love the combination of this soup. I will definitely be trying it soon! thanks for sharing. I also like watchingvideos for cooking recipes, can you add videos on you blog..thanks

Su Lim said...

Love the use of potatoes instead of cream or flour to thicken. Much healthier and yummier. Thanks for the recipe x

cody said...

This was very good and soooo easy. Followed the recipe and it was delicious. Would definitely make again.

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Shane Stevens said...

I don't mind that this healthy gourmet recipe has a weird texture because it's a supper food come on :)

Michelle Snyder said...

Great job on this recipe of yours! I agree with Shane, it's a healthy gourmet recipe

Danielle said...

For people who think it's bland, add salt and pepper. Lots. Then magic.

Michelle Snyder said...

Looks great! I’ll be trying this out later… BTW can I share this in my blog? at http://foodsuncovered.wordpress.com/

Violette Webb said...

Delicious! What a great flavor. The vegetable soup recipe was pretty good and authentic.

Anil Lakkundi said...

Thanks for the recipe. It is the best soup :-)

Rachel Page said...

This is it. I love the convenience of a one-dish meal simmering on the stovetop.

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