Healthy Broccoli-Leek Soup


Broccoli is a one vegetable that does not have whole lot of taste when boiled or in a raw salad. If you are like me not a huge broccoli fan but would love to try out exciting ways of cooking it without compromising the nutrition’s or the taste, then this recipe for you!! Well cooked broccoli is delicious and nutritious, one of the best source for dietary fibers. Many vegetable soups can be pureed, or partially pureed to leave some texture with a smooth base. I love how creamy and delicious this simple vegetable soup turned out without having to add cream & tons of cheese. I hope you will enjoy the unusual blend of flavors from Broccoli and leek soup with crusty bread.

Ingredients

1 large bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed well thinly sliced
1 medium baking potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
3 cups water
3 cups vegetable broth
3/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup snipped chives
Zest of 1 lemon
Fresh lemon juice, to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Directions:

1.  Separate broccoli stems from florets. Using a vegetable peeler, peel stems to remove tough outer layer, then slice into 1/4-inch-thick “coins.” Break the florets into small pieces.

2.  In a medium saucepan, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add broccoli stems, potato, and garlic, and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add 3 cups water, broth, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover partially and simmer until broccoli and potato are tender, about 12 minutes.


3. Add florets; bring to a boil and then simmer 5 minutes. Transfer soup in batches to a   blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add chives, zest, lemon juice and cayenne. Sprinkle a 1 tsp of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on top and serve hot.

Comments

  1. Very healthy soup, looks delish.

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  2. It's kind of chilly and rainy today so this soup would definitely help warm me up! Looks great!

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  3. truely delicious....I am all for soups on winter days!


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  4. Mmmmmmm broccoli being one of my fav veggies, this is amazing!
    id love a bowl right now !
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  5. Slurp,mouthwatering here, wat a delicious soup...

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  6. Very colorful and so inviting soup...

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  7. Rich creamy broccoli leek soup love it.

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  8. Broccoli soup is one of my favourite soups, somehow I love that taste. And your recipe is really lovely

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  9. That looks really delicious. I don't eat broccoli too often - its rare at farmer's markets and that's where I buy my produce - but I eat leeks at least once a week. And the soup looks delicious.

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  10. I have never tried making broccoli soup although I love broccoli. Yours look creamy and hearty. I deal for the cold weather we have here!

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  12. I am so glad I can eat broccoli and enjoy it in so many ways(salad included) but I still keep looking for ways to eat more of it in more fun ways,this soup is one of those recipes:)!!!

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