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Broccoli Soup with Garlic and Olive Oil

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:


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.

Read more: Food, All recipes, Soups & Salads

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).

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1:59AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks!

9:39AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

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

8:21AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Thank you

7:45AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012


8:39PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

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

8:49PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

These recipes sounds so the brocoli and garalic soup recipe!

4:24PM PDT on Jun 10, 2010

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

11:34PM PST on Jan 4, 2010

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

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2:51AM PST on Dec 12, 2009

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