Hello again! Happy Monday. Are any of you not ready for the week, much like myself? I'm going to keep today's recipe post very quick and simple because I have a minimal amount of time to blog right now. Life will balance back out soon enough! I actually prepared this soup last fall and because I ate just the soup with nothing else, I've been waiting to share it with other entrees.
The menu: broccoli soup.
- 1 head of organic broccoli
- 1/4 white onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- handful of shelled pistachios (optional)
- 32oz vegetable broth (can substitute chicken broth)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil in a medium to large sauce pan. Once the onions are translucent, add in the pistachios if using. Stir occasionally while they heat up for about 3 minutes. Add in the broccoli to saute until bright green and then add in the vegetable broth.
Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Allow the soup to simmer until the broccoli is tender and transfer the ingredients in batches to a food processor. *Be very careful - the liquid will scald you!* Puree the soup in batches and return the contents to the sauce pan to simmer until ready to serve.
You can use an immersion blender for this soup, but I found that it didn't puree the soup to the same consistency as when you use a food processor. Of course, a food processor creates more to clean but I think it's worth it! The soup does not have a strong broccoli flavor and even the children I once made it for liked it (except that it was green).
Also, you can garnish the soup by drizzling the top with olive oil and crushed pistachios for a pretty display and/or by adding a dollop of mascarpone or ricotta cheese but that is optional as well.
I hope you enjoyed this simple soup recipe. It's been a long time favorite of mine that I can easily wing and whip up. Do you have any favorite go-to's that you like to cook?
Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead! May it pass by with ease and extended grace as we work our way to the next weekend. Cheers!