Broccoli Soup Recipe

This soup is ever-so-simple but really delicious

I had not thought to include this Broccoli Soup Recipe when I began to collect the recipes I wanted to put on this site, because it is so simple it almost doesn't need a recipe But my family convinced me otherwise. This is a simple soup to prepare, simple to eat and contains absolute minimum calories yet broccoli is high in vitamins C, K and A and a good source of dietary fiber. Broccoli contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties. A single serving of broccoli provides more than 30 mg of Vitamin C which makes this Broccoli Soup recipe very attractive indeed.

INGREDIENTS
2 onions, chopped
1 head fresh broccoli (or 1 package frozen broccoli)
1 sprig fresh rosemary (or 2 tsp. dried)
5 cups water
Salt and pepper, to taste
Lemon wedges for serving
OPTIONAL
1 cup crème fresh or cream

PREPARATION
Heat the olive oil in a pot and add the chopped onion. Sauté for a few minutes until the onion is transparent. Clean the head of broccoli. Shave the rough skin off the stalk with a potato peeler and chop the stalk into chunks. Cut the broccoli into florets. Remove the rosemary leaves from the stem and chop. Add the broccoli, rosemary and water to the pot with the onions. Cook until the broccoli is soft.

When the broccoli is cooked, transfer the vegetables and part of the liquid to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Return to the pot and season with salt and pepper and simmer for a few minutes more.

Serve the soup with a wedge of lemon for each serving.

OPTIONAL
You can dress up this soup by adding a cup of crème fresh or cream. If you wish to add cream, do so at the very end of the cooking process and heat the soup gently without bringing it to the boil. If you use cream, do not garnish with a lemon wedge.

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