Broccoli Soup

Have you ever thought of a recipe that works best as a comfort food regardless of the season or month of the year? Well then, your search is over. This soup is very simple and can be prepared in less than 10 minutes. It is green, creamy, full of essential vitamins and minerals and has a nice and tart flavour from the lemon juice and the ginger. Prepare it for brunch, lunch, parties, get togethers or even when you want to make a quick soup as a starter. Bonus tip, it is vegan too if you just omit the cheese.

The Ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 15-20 boiled broccoli florets
    Broth/warm water -2 cups or more depending on thickness
    Honey 1 and a half tbsp
    Salt to taste
    Pepper to taste
    Cayenne pepper – 1 tsp
    Tabasco 4-5 shakes
    Lemon juice – 1.5 tbsp
    onion, ginger and garlic
    Olive oil – 2 tbsp in the whole recipe and a drizzle for garnishing on top
    Cumin seed powder – 1 tsp
  • cheese to garnish(optional) – omit to make it vegan

 

Procedure:

  • Firstly, turn on the flame and boil the broccoli in a medium sized vessel. While this is happening, chop an onion lengthwise, and crush some garlic and ginger.
  • Then put a pan on the stove and start frying the onion, garlic and ginger together in some olive oil. When the garlic and onion have turned golden brown, glaze the pan with 1 tbsp of honey and caramelise. Later, remove about 2 or more cups of the broccoli broth and reserve it and then drain the excess water once the broccoli has boiled thouroughly and is a little mushy.

Now your job is almost done…

  • Add the boiled broccoli, remaining honey, salt, pepper, cayenne, tabasco, lemon juice, the caramelised onion ginger and garlic, 1 tbsp of olive oil and the cumin seed powder into the blender, and blend on high till you get a chunky broccoli mash with the other ingredients mixed in. Then pour the stock into the blender and blend on high until it is smooth in consistency.
  • Next, strain the soup into a large bowl and transfer to a vessel, then cook it until some of the water has evaporated and you are left with a thick and delicious soup. Adjust the seasoning to your liking and then serve hot. Finally, garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and some grated cheddar cheese.

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