A Picture of a Bowl of Cream of Ridiculously Healthy Broccoli Soup with Brie Croutons

RIDICULOUSLY HEALTHY
BROCCOLI SOUP
with Brie Croutes

Broccoli soup is a versatile and comforting dish that can be enjoyed throughout the year, whether it’s to warm you up during snowy winters or to provide a light and refreshing option in the summer when paired with a garden salad.

This soup not only offers a cozy and satisfying meal but also a nutritious option to balance out heavier seasonal fare.

To balance out the caloric heaviness of what seems like the longest season of the year, Darren and I often reach for this still cozy and satisfying soup recipe.

It’s convenient as well. Because, like squirrels and their nuts, most of these ingredients have been stashed away after a successful harvest for a snowy day.

THE BENEFITS OF BROCCOLI AND OTHER LEAFY GREENS

Rich in vitamins and minerals, broccoli soup is an easy choice for those looking to maintain a healthy diet. With its vibrant green color and creamy texture, it’s a delightful way to incorporate more vegetables into your meals.

Broccoli and leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses that offer a wide range of health benefits. Packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber, they can help boost the immune system, support bone health, and aid in digestion.

Broccoli also contains sulforaphane, a compound with anti-inflammatory and potential cancer-fighting properties.

Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are excellent sources of vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate. They are low in calories but high in nutrients, making them a great addition to a healthy diet. All of which can be substituted for broccoli in this recipe.

The antioxidants in leafy greens can help protect cells from damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Whether steamed, sautéed, or added to salads and smoothies, these vegetables can be delicious and versatile additions to your diet.

PRESERVING YOUR BROCCOLI HARVEST

Canning and blanching your own harvested crops are fantastic ways to continue enjoying the fruits of your summer gardening efforts, even in the depths of a frozen, Canadian winter.

When canning broccoli, it’s essential to use a pressure canner to ensure safety due to the low acidity of the vegetable. Begin by washing and cutting the broccoli into suitable sizes before packing them into canning jars. Add boiling water, leaving headspace, and seal the jars before processing them in the pressure canner.

Freezing broccoli is a simple and effective way to preserve it. Start by blanching the broccoli in boiling water for a short time, then transferring it to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. After draining the broccoli, pack it into freezer-safe containers or bags, removing excess air before sealing. Properly frozen broccoli can retain its quality for several months, allowing you to enjoy it in various dishes throughout the year.

Blanching broccoli before freezing or canning helps preserve its color, texture, and nutrients by deactivating enzymes that can cause deterioration. This quick blanching process involves immersing the broccoli in boiling water for a brief period, followed by immediate cooling in an ice water bath. Blanching also helps to clean the vegetable and maintain its crispness. By utilizing these preservation methods, you can enjoy the goodness of broccoli long after its harvest season.

Large batches of this creamy broccoli soup can be made by simply doubling, or even tripling, the recipe for future enjoyment. 

Enhancing the dining experience with complementary side dishes can elevate a simple meal into a culinary delight. Pairing the creamy broccoli soup with various salads, breads, and wines tailored to your taste preferences can transform a regular meal into a special occasion. Experimenting with different combinations can add a touch of creativity and sophistication to your dining presentation, making each meal a memorable experience.

Total Prep Time:
45 min

Servings in Recipe:
6

Serving Size:
6oz bowl

Calories Per Serving:
328

Total Prep Time: 45 min


Servings in Recipe: 6


Serving Size: 6 oz bowl


Calories Per Serving: 328

A Picture of a Bowl of Cream of Ridiculously Healthy Broccoli Soup with Brie Croutons

HEALTHY BROCCOLI SOUP

Ingredients

soup

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 leeks, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 cup red potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

croutons

  • 1 fresh baguette
  • Butter or margarine
  • 2 oz (60 g) Canadian brie
A Picture of Ridiculously Healthy Broccoli Soup Ingredients. Broccoli, Onions, Garlic and Vegetable Oil

croutons

  • 1 fresh baguette
  • Butter or margarine
  • 2 oz (60 g) Canadian brie
A Picture of Ridiculously Healthy Broccoli Soup Ingredients. Broccoli, Onions, Garlic and Vegetable Oil

Directions

soup

  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, add 1/2 cup of water and broccoli.
  • Allow the broccoli to “steam” until the water has evaporated.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and add your butter.
  • Once the butter has melted, add leeks, celery, carrots and nutmeg.
  • Cover the pot and allow the vegetables to cook down, stirring occasionally.
  • Add potatoes and broth. Stir to combine, then re-cover.
  • Raise heat to medium-high and bring everything to a gentle boil. Let it roll for about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree this aromatic, broth-soaked veggie mixture until smooth.
  • Or, you can transfer your mixture to a blender, in small batches, to a blender and puree until smooth. If need be, add a small amount of water to your blender (no more than 1/4 cup) to aid in the puree process.
  • Once each batch is pureed, transfer to a large bowl.
  • When the entire vegetable mixture is pureed, pour it all back into a large pot.
  • Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Leave the pot on medium-low heat until it begins to steam.
  • Salt and pepper to taste and it’s done!

croutons

  • Set your oven to broil.
  • Cut 2-3 slices of baguette per serving.
  • Apply a thin layer of butter or margarine to each slice.
  • Place the buttered slices on a cookie sheet and place the sheet on the bottom rack of the oven, until light brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let the slices rest while the brie is prepared.
  • With a sharp knife, slice brie into 1/4″ thick pieces.
  • Cut each long slice of brie in half.
  • Place two halves on each slice of baguette in a criss-cross pattern.
  • Place the cookie sheet back under the broiler, on the bottom rack, for 1 minute.
  • Once the cheese is melted, remove the tray from the oven.
  • Ladle soup into bowls and top each bowl with 1 or 2 croutons.

HEALTHY BROCCOLI SOUP FAQ

Is broccoli good for cholesterol and high blood pressure?

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, vegetables rich in vitamin C and beta carotene, like broccoli, create anti-oxidants that “help slow down or prevent atherosclerosis by reducing the buildup of plaque from cholesterol and other substances in the arteries.

By preventing or slowing down this buildup, broccoli helps in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and regulating blood pressure. Including broccoli in your diet as part of a balanced and nutritious meal plan can be a smart choice for promoting heart health and overall well-being.

What are the benefits of broccoli?

Broccoli, often referred to as a superfood, offers a wide array of health benefits due to its rich nutrient content. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, it can lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. Incorporating broccoli into your diet 3-4 times per week can result in reduced inflammation, blood sugar stabilization, and stronger, more resilient immune systems.


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An Image of Hands making a Delicious Recipe using Mindful Ingredients