Broccoli Soup

Broccoli is truly a good thing! That’s because it’s a powerhouse of nutrition – chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

One of the ways we enjoy the surplus of broccoli that’s available is to whip up this creamy soup that warms both the heart and tummy! It’s absolutely delicious, which is why it’s not surprising that it’s one of my most requested soup recipes.

And, bonus! … Broccoli Soup makes especially great leftovers. (So why not freeze a double batch for a quick and easy weeknight dinner!)

For an extra special treat, top it with a handful of crunchy homemade croutons.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sliced leeks (white parts only)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 12 ounces fresh organic broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot over medium heat, add the butter, leeks, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook until the leeks begin to soften. Then, stir in the garlic and thyme. Cook about two minutes, stirring until the mixture is well blended.
  • Next, add the chicken stock. Turn up the heat to medium-high and bring soup to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and simmer about five minutes to allow the soup to reduce a bit.
  • Then, add the broccoli, cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (approximately 10 minutes). Remove the pot from the heat. Puree the soup using a hand-held immersion blender. Or puree in a blender or food processor and return to the stockpot.
    Next, add the shredded cheese, stirring constantly until cheese is melted and fully incorporated into the soup. Finally, stir in milk.
    Top with a handful of garlic-herb croutons, if desired. So YUMMY!

Notes

This is a very thick, rich soup, so if it’s a bit thick for your liking, simply add a little more chicken stock to thin it out to your personal preferences. I do this for my kiddos, who prefer a thinner soup than I do. I like it milkshake thick. Okay, so maybe a broccoli milkshake doesn’t sound appetizing, but you know what I mean.

Source: The Nourishing Home

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