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Uncream My Broccoli Soup

If you have not already been able to tell, I love soups. So I am always interested in discovering a new delicious soup recipe. Preferably one that is healthy, allows for easy modification, and stores well. Here is a recipe for super-delicious broccoli soup that even Hans eats. It is “creamy” without actually having any dairy added.

(Adapted from Eating Well)

Ingredients (Makes 6 large servings):
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large potato, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Add a bit more for extra kick)
2 14-ounce cans vegetable broth (Alternatively use 2 veggie bouillon cubes and 4 cups of water)
16 ounces (1 lb) broccoli crowns (see Ingredient note), cut into 1-inch pieces, stems and florets separated (average broccoli weighs 1 to 1.5 lb)
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation (Preparation time approximately 30-40 minutes)
1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery; cook, stirring often, until the onion and celery soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add potato and garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in flour, dry mustard and cayenne pepper; cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.

2. Add broth and broccoli stems; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add the salt. Stir in florets; simmer, covered, until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes more. Transfer to blender and puree, until desired consistency.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Celery, rainbow carrots, garlic, and onion

Celery, rainbow carrots, garlic, and onion

Red potato, Yukon Gold potato, and broccoli

Red potato, Yukon Gold potato, and broccoli

Ingredients  prior to the blender

Ingredients prior to the blender

Broccoli soup

Broccoli soup

Healthful benefits:
* The amount of calories is much lower than broccoli soup that is dairy-based.
* Broccoli is rich in vitamins C. E, and B5. It also contains high amounts of beta carotene, folate, iron, zinc, potassium, and calcium.
* The soup also allows the addition of one carrot, celery stick, onion, and potato. So it is a bit of a vegetable soup, sneaky, right?! Don’t tell anyone.