Broccoli Soup with Garlic and Olive Oil

Valentineís Day brings our attention to the heart, and this velvety soup flavored with garlic and mellowed with olive oil encourages healthy hearts while offering cruciferous anti-cancer benefits as well. All of this good nutrition in such a sensuous soup! A simple Italian peasant recipe for your better health:

INGREDIENTS

2 bunches broccoli (about 3 pounds)
1/2 cup olive oil
8 cloves garlic, sliced (this sounds like a lot, but it mellows beautifully with slow-cooking)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
6 cups good-quality vegetable broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Toasted slices of French bread, for serving
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional, for serving

1. Cut off the broccoli florets and chop them. Trim off the bottom 2 inches of each stem, peel them, and thinly slice. Combine the broccoli, oil, garlic, thyme, broth, wine, and lemon juice in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours.

2. Puree the soup with a handheld immersion blender or transfer to a food processor or blender and puree in batches. Season with salt and pepper. Serve in bowls, passing the toast and Parmesan cheese.

Serves 6.

Adapted from Not Your Motherís Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann (Harvard Common Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from Not Your Motherís Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann (Harvard Common Press, 2005).

9 comments

Lynn Demsky
Lynn D.3 years ago

Sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks!

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

I'll try this version of broccoli soup tonight,thank you!!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

yum

Diane S.
Diane S.4 years ago

I like the garlic addition, I am sure it's very tasty !

Dolores D.
Dolores D.4 years ago

These recipes sounds so good.....like the brocoli and garalic soup recipe!

beverly g.
beverly g.6 years ago

sounds superb. starving now. love garlic. so gud for u.

Kim T.
Past Member 6 years ago

I love cold summer soups but always forget to make them - thanks for the push!

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Jeff J.
Richard N.6 years ago

Mikey likes it...lol