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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Broccoli and parmesan soup

The other day I discovered some broccoli in the fridge I had forgotten about. It was still fresh and crisp, but with an almost total lack of other vegetables in the house, I was at a loss as to what to do with it.

In fact I have only just come around to the virtues of broccoli in the last five years or so. When I was a little girl, I physically couldn't swallow a mouthful of broccoli, I found it that repulsive. It is possible, however, that my mothers tendency to serve it microwaved into oblivion might have influenced my youthful disgust.

These days, I love broccoli. And not just because it is exceptionally good for you, a 100g serving will give you almost 150 per cent of your daily vitamin C needs, is high in calcium and loaded with antioxidants.

This recipe serves one. Just multiply the ingredients by the number of serves you require.

Broccoli and parmesan soup:

1 small onion, roughly chopped
150g broccoli, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
chicken stock, to taste
salt and pepper to taste
500ml water
parmesan, to serve

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, lightly fry onion until translucent. Add broccoli, and fry for one or two minutes. Cover with water, and bring to boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Blend mixture until smooth. Garnish with grated parmesan and enjoy.

While writing this post, I have also been making another version of this soup, but with a spicy touch. I added a bit of dried chilli, some Spanish papprika and some red lentils , served with natural yoghurt as a garnish. I'll let you know how it goes, it's not ready yet.

Update: Spanish broccoli soup was quite nice. I was disappointed though. I was so hungover at the time, all I really wanted was a cheeseburger. Not super healthy soup! I've learned my lesson now.


Christina said...

So how was the soup?
It looks amazing and I love broccoli.
I too never ate broccoli as a child.
In fact the first time I discovered I actually realy liked it, I'd just given birth to my first child and for dinner that night was beef something with broccoli and cheese sauce. I was so hungry I ate it and have been a fan ever since! Maybe hospital food can be okay sometimes?
I was really, really hungry though.
Love your blog!

Lisa said...

I was lucky to have really good food when I was in the hospital after having my boys. Scary but true. :)

I like broccoli--to a point--but have never had any luck turning it into soup. Then I realized that I really don't like chicken stock. Just something, I don't know, I just don't like it. I like the idea of this soup as it's much simpler than what I've tried in the past and veggie stock is easy enough to sub. An added plus is that it's so damn pretty!

Maggie, always follow your hangover, healthy food be damned. ;)