January 18, 2011

To Try Tuesday - Cream of Broccoli Soup

It was a little bit of a surprise to find out it was Tuesday today.  It is always like this on a long weekend.  I think that the holiday Monday is Sunday, Tuesday is Monday, and so on.  It usually takes me a week to catch up with the right day.  However, I already had my To Try Tuesday made and ready to be blogged about.

This week's recipe comes from Deb at Kahakai Kitchen.  Deb also lives in Hawaii and we met up recently for coffee.  She is a great person and so easy to talk to.  If you haven't been over to visit her blog I strongly urge you to do so.  It is full of wonderful recipes, including the broccoli soup that I made for this post and her split pea soup that recently made the Foodbuzz Top 9.

This soup is souper-easy easy to make and so tasty.  To make it even easier I purchase a bag of broccoli from Costco that is already cut up.  Basically there is a little sautéing of the onions, celery, and garlic and then everything else goes in the pot until tender.  I used my immersion blender rather than transferring everything to a regular blender to purée it. I didn't have any thyme so I omitted it, but I will definitely add it next time.  I also added some cream and a little grated Parmesan cheese to finish the soup.  It was delicious!   We easily served 6 with left-overs.  I am sure it is going to be even better tomorrow.

Creamy Broccoli Soup
(Printer Friendly Recipe)

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 8 cups chopped broccoli
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

  1. Heat butter and oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until the butter melts.
  2. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and thyme; cook for about 10 seconds.
  4. Stir in the broccoli.
  5. Add broth and water; bring to a lively simmer over high heat.
  6. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until very tender, about 8 minutes.
  7. Puree the soup in batches in a blender (I used my immersion blender).
  8. Stir in cream (if using), and season with salt and pepper.
  9. This recipe can be made ahead - cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe adapted from Eating Well Magazine, February 2011


  1. Broccoli soup is my fave! I would definitely use the heavy cream, no question!

  2. This looks so rich! Perfect for a cold day!

  3. This soup sounds so yummy! I love broccoli soup and the cream & parmesan must make it incredible!

  4. Mmmmmm...it's definitely soup weather around here...what a lovely bowl of deliciousness!

  5. Mmm...I love broccoli soup! So comforting and it always hits the spot. :-p

  6. I really like this recipe; it's nice to every once and awhile come across a relatively healthy recipe that I can say with certainty that I'd eat it. I love broccoli and this recipe sounds wonderfully straight-forward and delicious.

    How does the soup taste without the cream in it, do you know? Is it still tolerable? ^_^

  7. This sounds delicious! And surprisingly easy, too. Perfect for a winter night heated up.

  8. I love broccoli soup, but haven't made in a while. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Will def have to try!

  9. I love broccoli soup, this looks really really good too!

  10. Beautiful, simple and delicious... A wonderful way to enjoy broccoli!

  11. Broccoli soup is comfort food to warm your body and soul. Here in the Midwest we need a lot of warm soup. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Parmesan cheese is a delicious addition to broccoli soup. It's all about soup during this cold weather.

  13. That's really funny, all day today I was thinking it was Tuesday. This broccoli soup looks delicious!

  14. mmmmm parmesan cheese and broccoli in my bowl ... YUM! This looks easy, but really really tasty.

  15. Felice, soup looks super good. I am a big fan of cream soups...thanks for the post:)

  16. This creamy soup with broccoli worth to try as soon as I've cold days - it looks so yummy!

    All the best,


  17. Sounds like a great soup for winter. I have tried cream of cauliflower before but not broccoli.

  18. Looks so creamy and delicious!

  19. i love broccoli soup and your version sounds delicious. now in my book is written under "to try ASAP" :)
    thanks for sharing, hope you'll have a wonderful rest of the week

  20. Aww.. you are so sweet! Thanks for the shout out and I am glad you liked the soup.

    BTW--Let me know if you want to join in this week's Souper Sunday round up with it. (I don't like to pressure lol!) If so shoot me an email and add a mention/link to Souper Sundays to the post and I'll add it to the round up tomorrow.

  21. Delice that looks wonderful! And I know what you mean, I am always surprised after a public holiday. The best time is on a Friday when I think it's Thursday only to realise that it's the weekend much sooner than I thought! :)


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