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Silky Broccoli Soup Recipe

Silky Broccoli Soup Recipe

When it comes to cancer-fighters, broccoli is right at the top of the list, and this silky-smooth soup is a delicious way to get your broccoli quota.

Creamy without dairy, and made with flavorful, beneficial onions, leeks, and shallots, this easy-to-make soup is proof that healthy foods can be delightfully sensuous and appealing.


1 bunch broccoli
2 leeks, white parts only, coarsely chopped
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 shallot, chopped
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
4 cups water
2 tablespoons snipped chives for garnish

1. Chop the broccoli florets, including the thinner stems just below the florets. Reserve the lower stems for another use.

2. Place the broccoli in a large saucepan or a small Dutch oven. Add the leeks, onion, shallot, potatoes, salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Pour in 4 cups water and bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are very tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the soup sit for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

3. Puree the soup in a blender until it is smooth or use an immersion blender in the pot. Chill thoroughly, 3 hours to overnight. Adjust the seasoning. Divide the chilled soup among 4 bowls and garnish each serving with one-quarter of the chives.

Serves 4.

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Adapted from The 12 Best Foods Cookbook, by Dana Jacobi (Rodale Press, 2005).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:07AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013


2:22AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Sounds quite delicious. Personally, I'd have to include some garlic and, while there's snow on the ground, I want it hot- preferably with some toast.

1:58AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thanks sounds yummy!

9:38AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Sounds fab,thank you for the recipe!!!

4:41AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

9:14AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Today I am using millet flour in an initial roux to make the broccoli soup creamy, rather than milk. Thank you for helping me find other ingredients to make it tastier.

2:32AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Thanks, I will try it.

6:53PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Sounds good but I always make mine with cream. Have never tried adding potatoes though. That's pretty interesting. Thx for posting. Soup is always good.

8:48AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012


8:20AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Thank you

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