Saturday, April 9, 2011

Creamy Broccoli Soup


steam broccoli

saute onions and garlic

add beans, broccoli and chicken stock

puree with hand blender

add parmesan


This creamy broccoli soup is easy to make and so healthy with 2 super foods, broccoli and beans as featured ingredients.  I use a sheep's milk parmesan because I tolerate it better than cow's milk dairy products, but any parmesan is fine.  You can also make it without the cheese and it is still very tasty.

Serves 4

12 oz. Broccoli florets, lightly steamed
2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 15-oz. Can cannellini beans, drained
2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper 
1/4 c. Freshly grated Parmesan

Heat olive oil in medium pot over medium heat.  Sauté onion for 3 minutes.  Add garlic and continue to cook for 3 more minutes.  Add beans and stock and bring to a simmer.  Add broccoli and remove from heat.  Purée soup with a hand blender or purée in batches in a regular blender until smooth.  Season to taste with salt and white pepper.  Blend in parmesan and serve. 


  1. Love the format, Emily...the step-by-step photos are very helpful for a novice like me! I'm going to make your soup this week. Looks like I need to buy a hand blender...any recommendations on a reliable brand?

  2. Hello Beth. Thank you for the comments! Hand blenders are wonderful for making soups but you can also use your regular blender too. Just add the soup mixture in 2 batches to your blender and puree. If you decide to purchase a hand blender though, Cuisinart, Breville and Bamix are good brands with different price points. I have the Williams Sonoma Magic Wand from over 10 years ago and it still works great. They do not have them anymore. A few years ago I received a cordless Breville hand blender as a gift but I still use the old one. With all the kitchen gadgets and appliances I have acquired over the years I prefer not to have another one sitting on the counter charging. I have an outlet next to my range so it is no problem to use the old electric one.