Thursday, March 17, 2011

Creamy Broccoli Soup

In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, and all that is green, today I'm making broccoli soup.  This is a creamy, and healthy soup with approximately 95 calories per serving, so you can eat it without guilt.

Donna's Creamy Broccoli Soup
Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    Broccoli Soup Ingredients
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 lb fresh broccoli
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

Directions
Heat the oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven.  Add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.  Add the sliced garlic and cook for 1 minute.

The Onion and Garlic
Next add the broccoli, chicken broth and thyme.  I used fresh broccoli, but frozen will work just as well.

Add the Broccoli, Thyme and Chicken Stock

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the broccoli is soft, approximately 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.  Remove 1 cup of broccoli from the pot and set aside.  Using your immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth.  


Getting Ready to Blend

Add the salt and pepper.  Add back the reserved broccoli and blend to slightly chop the added broccoli.  This will create some texture in the soup.  Feel free to make it as smooth as you like.  I happen to like a few chunks of broccoli in my soup.


Looking Creamy!

Taste and adjust seasonings.  Reheat before serving.

You can make this a cream of broccoli soup at this point if you wish.  I'm not going to because I find it delicious as is, but here's how to add the cream.  I'm sorry to say, this will add another 155 calories per serving. 

Make a white sauce by heating 2 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of flour over medium heat.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add 1 cup of light cream.  Cook together until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Add to your broccoli soup, taste for seasoning and enjoy!


Creamy Broccoli Soup Makes a Perfect Lunch

I added a sprinkling of shredded cheese to my soup and a piece of cornbread.  It's a delicious, Saint Patrick's Day lunch, perfect for the Irish in all of us!

Click the link for the Creamy Broccoli Soup printable recipe

Here are some other soup recipe posts you might like:
Chili for A Chilly Day
Tomato Soup
Butternut Squash Soup
Minestrone Soup
Soup for You

Enjoy!

Donna

5 comments:

  1. sounds yummy and easy!

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  2. This is the recipe I have been waiting for, the tomato soup has been my go-to, now I have a companion soup recipe for a different and tasty low calorie soup.

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  3. I hope you like it as well as the tomato soup!

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  4. It's funny seeing this because we just recently started eating this soup at restaurants. I might have to try your recipe.

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  5. The broccoli soup in restaurants usually has the cream sauce in it. Sometimes they also add cheese to the cream sauce before mixing it with the soup. Of course it won't be 95 calories any more, but it will be tasty.

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