Focusing On Soup Toppings Featuring Broccoli Soup
Fewer words today. Broccoli soup-I’m a fan. I doubted the mostly bland ingredient combination, added a smidge of butter and then loved it in the end. So easy and simple. (Ahem….and cheap.)
A few notes about this recipe: it’s low calorie/low fat but I couldn’t tell and one of those soups perfect for adding your own toppings, such as, cheese, crispy shallots, chutney (I drizzled cilantro chutney over mine), chips, pistou, croutons, maybe scallops or bacon.
The newest edition of Food & Wine magazine arrived at my door yesterday and I just need to hand it to them-clapping vigorously-the piece about throwing a soup party with a buffet of toppings was brilliant (as were the healthy recipes featured). If I were to have a gathering, I would ask that a pot of soup be brought to share from each couple or person whilst I provide a slew of additions to sprinkle, drizzle or grate over the top. My favorite toppings in the article were the potato croutons (basically fried potatoes) and fennel-orange gremolata.
Geez, I’m all linky today. What do you think about a soup party? What would your favorite topping(s) be with what soup?
Broccoli Soup adapted from Real Simple
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 small onion, chopped
dash or two of red pepper flakes
2 cups vegetable broth (plus more to thin if needed)
1 large bunch broccoli, florets roughly chopped, stems peeled and sliced
1 large Russet potato, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
coarse salt/freshly ground pepper
various toppings (see above for recommendations)
Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and a few dashes of red pepper flakes, stirring occasionally until the onion is soft, 5 to 6 minutes.
Add the broth, broccoli, potato, 2 cups broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover until the vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
In a blender, food processor or with a handheld immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Add toppings-recommendations above and serve.