Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fast Food : Broccoli Soup

I love green veggies (with the exception of peppers... yuck) & would eat them night and day if I had the chance. The Hubs prefers peas.  Yes, just peas.  If they were banned, I think he'd cry.So that's why I never ask him what veggies he wants as the guaranteed response will be "peas, please".  Now they are gorgeous & make fabulous soup, especially with a bit of mint and creme fraiche.  But there was a giant head of broccoli in the fridge that needed a good home, so soup it became.

This has to be the easiest soup I've ever made in my life.  It helps massively if you have a food blender, food processor or stick blender, as it reduces the veggies to a puree in seconds.   They're not expensive, so it is worth  spending a few euro on the appliance of your choice.  Lots of recipes use potato to thicken the soup, but I had half a punnet of chestnut mushrooms in the fridge, so I used them instead... it worked a treat!

Broccoli Soup

1 head of Broccoli, broken into florets
1 large Onion, chopped
100g Mushrooms, wiped & trimmed
1 Knorr Stockpot - Chicken or Vegetable

Put all of your vegetables into a large pot, add enough water to barely cover them & bring to the boil.  Reduce and simmer for 2-3 minutes until the broccoli is just tender.

Now put the vegetables into a blender, adding a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid & blend until pureed.  An easy way to strain the vegetables is to put a colander over another pot & pour the vegetables into it - the liquid goes into the pot & the veggies are separate, ready for blending.

Add the stockpot to the cooking water, let it dissolve & return the pureed vegetables to the stock.

Reheat and serve.


  1. I've everything I need here - ill let you know how it turns out :)

  2. I used a red onion and chanterelles, morelles, and cepes mushrooms (what can I say... I got a bit carried away) along with a locally grown Broccoli (How it was grown this late in the season is one of those mysteries the grocer refuses to indulge me in).

    Turned out amazing! Would of gone beautifully, or so I suspect with freshly made bread.

    Yum on its own too tho!