Whole 30 & Vegan Broccoli Soup
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!