Monday, 11 February 2008

Creamy broccoli soup with pesto oil and pumpkin seeds

I didn't even have the time to say 'broccoli is a supervegetable' to myself subconsciously while eating this soup on Saturday, because I was too busy enjoying.
Considering how super broccoli really is, that has to mean something.

Creamy broccoli soup with pesto oil and pumpkin seeds
(serves 4)

500 g broccoli
2 medium potatoes
chicken stock
100 g cream cheese
salt, white pepper, sugar

for serving:
basil pesto
olive oil
pumpkin seeds
  1. Cut off broccoli florets, chop broccoli stems and potatoes. Put the potatoes, broccoli stems and 1/2 of the florets into a saucepan, cover barely with chicken stock. Boil, covered with a lid, for 20 minutes.
  2. Puree the potful, add the cream cheese and flavour with salt, white pepper and a dash of sugar.
  3. Pour the soup back into the pot, add the remaining florets and heat for 5 additional minutes.
  4. Mix a bit of oil into the pesto. Serve the soup with pumpkin seeds and pesto oil drizzled on top.
The soup is very creamy indeed. If the florets are cut small, there's enough for almost every mouthful. They remain a bit crisp and are a good crunch together with the pumpkin seeds in the overall creamy-creamy soup. The potatoes give good body and the pesto attacks an otherwise mild soup with a strong taste, creating a great combination.

I suggest using light stock if you don't want overpower the delicate taste of the broccoli. The supervegetable needs its attention!:)


Tartelette said...

You make broccoli look sexy! Beautiful!! I love the addition of the pumpkin seeds!

Anonymous said...

Yum! I'll have to figure out how much 500g of broccoli is but I'll be giving this soup a try. It especially sounds good in this cold weather we've been having in Chicago!

Evelin said...

tartelette, haha, nobody's ever called my soups sexy (although I've heard enough oh-my-god-what-is-thises). THANK YOU:D

stacielk, I believe you'll be pleased! Today was really really windy here and colder again - I could have used some warm soup when I came home! Do tell me how it goes:)

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. I couldn't agree more - broccoli IS a supervegetable! We eat it all the time. In fact, it's about the ONLY veggie my kids will eat! My oldest likes the stems and my youngest likes the "trees". I'm DEFINITELY going to have to try thie beautiful creamy soup...

Evelin said...

plslade, it's quite surprising, having broccoli as the only veggie they'll eat. I'd think it's one of last ones!:D
If you try the soup, be sure to tell me how it went! I'd love to hear!