Not-So-Naughty Cream of Broccoli Soup

30 Oct

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Sundays are always bittersweet since it’s still the weekend, but yet we also have to prepare for the work-week ahead. Luckily, today has been more chill-axing than working.

Today for lunch, we had leftovers from last night’s dinner – Cream of Broccoli Soup. I found this recipe on one of my fav blogs, Cooking With Trader Joe’s, and it is surprisingly healthy for something with the word “cream” in the title. πŸ˜‰ The original recipe called for chicken broth, but I used veggie broth, obviously, and I also used Earth Balance instead of butter.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Ingredients

Cream of Broccoli Soup Ingredients

(We doubled the recipe below because we like leftovers for lunches.)

1 (12-oz) bag broccoli florets, or 4 cups broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces

1 cup chopped leeks

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 cups veggie broth

2 Tbsp Earth Balance

2 Tbsp flour

1 cup milk (substitute more broth or a milk alternative for vegan version)

Salt and pepper to taste

Shredded cheese as garnish (substitute soy or other non-dairy cheese for vegan version)

Instructions

Heat up the olive oil in a large stock pot and add in the leeks.

Leeks

Saute for about 5 minutes, until tender.

Next add broccoli and veggie broth. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes.

Broccoli and Veggie Broth

While broccoli is cooking, melt Earth Balance in a small saucepan. Add flour and cook for a minute, stirring constantly. Add milk and cook until mixture is thickened.

Melting Earth Balance

Add in flour

Add this mixture to the broccoli. Stir soup until mixed thoroughly, and remove from heat. If you have an immersion blender, use it to puree the soup. Otherwise, you can pour the soup into a blender and puree β€” be careful, as the soup is very hot.

Immersion Blender in action

A note on immersion blenders: I admit that I used to think this was one of those worthless kitchen tools that someone came up with in order to make more money. Why not just use a blender, I thought. Well that was until a little exploding blender/hand burning incident. You see, the heat from hot soups can make the lid of the blender pop off. So this is me telling you – GET YOURSELF AN IMMERSION BLENDER!!! It is so much easier than pouring hot soup into a blender and it’s safer – win-win! πŸ™‚

Check soup for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired. Garnish with cheese and serve immediately.

Cream of Broccoli Soup - How pretty does that soup look?

On a random note, a perhaps little known fact about me is that I’m kind of obsessed with nail polish and the more unique the color, the more I like it. So imagine my excitement when I found these little mini nail polish kits on Amazon today.

Mini nail polish

Mini nail polish

They are totally perfect because I get to try a variety of colors. Plus the mini size is great because who ever finishes a bottle of nail polish? Can’t wait for these little babies to arrive at my doorstep! πŸ˜€

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This is the perfect time of year to start digging into the soup recipe collection. What are your favorite soups?

 

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2 Responses to “Not-So-Naughty Cream of Broccoli Soup”

  1. Erin October 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Your soup looks awesome! What exactly is Earth Balance? It is a butter substitute?

    • cabsanddogs October 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

      Yes, Earth Balance is a vegan butter substitute. It comes in a tub, like margarine, but the ingredients are natural instead of the mystery ingredients you find in margarine. You could always use butter if you want. It would just be slightly more naughty that way. πŸ˜‰

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