Broccoli is listed as one of the most useful and antioxidant vegetables, however, I myself can hardly bring myself to eat it let alone getting my daughters to do so!!
Cream of broccoli soup is one of the few broccoli dishes that everyone in my household enjoys. Actually Broccoli Soup disappears as fast as it is put on the table without hearing any whimpers and "I am full" excuses.
The way I prepare this version of Broccoli Soup is very quick and fast and doesn't require more than ten minutes of your time. Yes, ten minutes!! Plus, my version of the broccoli soup is very light as it uses skimmed milk and no cream, but if you desire a more fatty version, check the note at the end of the recipe on how to achieve that.
Broccoli Soup Recipe
Preparation time: 5 min Cook time: 30 min
1 kilo fresh broccoli
2 large onions, chopped large chunks
4 cups water
4 cups milk, I use skimmed milk
2 teaspoon salt (depending on the salt and type of milk used, you may need to add to this)
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons lemon juice
How to make Broccoli Soup:
- Chop the broccoli into large chunks; do not discard the stems. Wash it well by soaking the broccoli for 10 minutes in a mixture of water and salad disinfection tablet. If you don't have the disinfection tablets, then mix lots of salt with water and soak the broccoli in it. After that rinse the broccoli well.
- Place the broccoli (flowers and stem) and onions in a pot, add the 4 cups water. Don't worry that the water doesn't cover the broccoli, it will steam it. Cover the pot with the lid and bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer until broccoli is tender (about 10-15 minutes).
- Puree the mixture with an electric blender; I use a hand-held electric blender. I got my first handheld electric blender as a present when I had my first child and it has become a kitchen staple that I cannot live without. It makes life so much easier and less messy when you are cooking.
- Add the salt, black pepper, lemon and milk, bring the broccoli soup to boil and simmer for about 3-4 minutes.
Note: If you are not concerned about keeping it as healthy as possible, or you want an added flavor, then use reduced fat or full fat milk. Also reduce the milk portion by one cup and substitute with cooking cream. If you opt for this, increase the salt and black pepper a little as cream is thicker and heavier than milk and requires more salt to reach the desired taste. Additionally, when serving, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. These steps will make the soup richer in taste, but it will also rise the calorie count:)
Hope you enjoyed today's easy recipe: Broccoli Soup. Bon appetite.
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