Soup, with a secret

When you find fresh spinach, cilantro, and broccoli jammed into the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer, it’s time to make soup. A simple green soup with notes of spring, creamy broccoli soup with a glob of pesto will wow your taste buds.

The secret to this soup is the spinach cilantro pesto. Swirl it into each bite and as you do you dream about all the foods that it can be smeared on and stirred into. You may even stare out the window unaware that your dining companion continues a conversation as you spoon up a taste of pesto, without the soup.

Mmm…,’ you mutter as you put the spoon down. Then you notice an improbable feat. An empty bowl rests in front of your companion who, by the way, does not like or eat broccoli under any circumstances. Only in this case, he did.

Just don’t forget the secret weapon, ever.

Creamy Broccoli Pesto Soup

adapted from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

Yield 8 servings

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions
2 pounds broccoli (florets separated, stems peeled and chopped)
2 medium potatoes
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
7 cups vegetable stock
½ cup sour cream or yogurt (whole or low fat)
½ cup cream
salt and pepper (to taste)

Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the onions, broccoli, garlic, potatoes, salt and pepper. Cook until onion is soft and translucent (I like my onions and broccoli a bit caramelized, so cook to your taste). Add the stock and cook until the broccoli and potatoes are very tender, 20 minutes or so.

Use a stick blender to purée the soup in the pot (or let soup cool, then purée in small batches in the blender until the soup is smooth).

Stir in the cream, sour cream or yogurt and adjust the seasoning. Serve with one tablespoon of pesto floating in the bowl.

Spinach Cilantro Pesto

½ cup olive oil
½ cup walnuts
3 medium cloves garlic
2 cups packed fresh spinach leaves (large stems removed)
½ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons cashew nuts
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper (to taste)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy smooth.

Creamy Broccoli Soup on Foodista


  1. Desmone007 says

    MMMmmmm…I could just imagine bathing my taste buds in this soup with a side of fresh French bread…mmm! Thanks for sharing the secret ingredient. If you don't mind I'd love to direct Foodista readers to your blog. Just add your choice of widget to this post and you're all set!

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