27 August 2014

Cheesey Broccoli and Spinach Soup

Cheesey Spinach and Broccoli Soup 

I hear we'll have warmer weather next week, but at the moment it's soup weather and today I bring you Cheesey Broccoli and Spinach Soup. 

I used to make this purely with broccoli, but I've started to add spinach to it lately. We eat a lot of spinach. Popeye has nothing on us. I add it to smoothies, soups, dal, pasta and stews. I'm sure I add it to more than that but those are the ways we eat it regularly.  It features in a lot of smoothies too. Today I had a smoothie of raspberries, banana, spinach and mango juice. It was glorious.

 

I have to consider Graham whenever I cook a meal, so instead of melting the cheese into the soup as it cooks, I add it to bowls at the end. The heat of the soup starts to melt the cheese, but you still have some bits of cheese whole which gives a great texture and combination of flavours. Graham has a vegan soup to slurp and Cooper and I can enjoy our melty cheesey topping. Of course I blended my soup smooth in my Optimum 9400 or my sous chef as I think I should start to call him.

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Cheesey Broccoli and Spinach Soup
A smooth vegan soup topped with cheese for the veggies. Excellent both ways. Frugal, delicious and healthy. Happy days.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 100g fresh spinach
  • 1½ pints/3 cups vegetable stock
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
Instructions
1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat and add the garlic and onion and saute for a few minutes until the onion is soft.2. Add the broccoli and spinach and cook gently for a few minutes.3. Add the stock, bring to the boil, then lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cover. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is just tender.4. Pour the soup into a blender (in batches) and puree until smooth.5 Season and serve. Top with grated cheddar (optional) 6. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 4


Here are a few more veggie and vegan soups for you to enjoy:

vegetarian soups

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22 comments:

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy HappyWednesday, 27 August, 2014

    I love making broccoli soup, it is so healthy. But I love your addition of spinach to it too.
    Thanks for linking to my soup :)

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    1. It is good isn't it. Tasty and healthy is always a winning combo.

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  2. Looks delicious! You really should give this Froothie a proper name :-)

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    1. Thanks, but my family might think I have finally lost the plot if I give him, ahem it a name ;)

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  3. Looks delicious. We've been making soups on our optimum 9400, we love the speed and ease!

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    1. Glad you are enjoying it as much as I am Kavey. I look forward to seeing the recipes.

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  4. beautiful photos jac and the soup sounds great - also interesting to hear how you accommodate graeme

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    1. Thanks Johanna and it's a lot easier than I thought it would be.

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  5. We're big fans of spinach too :) Lovely recipe (but how much stock do you put in it? You forgot it in the ingredients list!). Thanks for linking up my veggie soup recipe too x

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    1. Well spotted Elizabeth. I've added it in now.. And you're welcome.

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  6. Mmm, I love broccoli soup! Beautiful colour too - it just *looks* healthy! I made a real green goddess of a soup over the weekend using a marrow and some beet greens - so good!

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    1. Oh now that does sound interesting Jeanne and super healthy too.

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  7. I love a good broccoli soup and - cheese or no cheese - this looks so good and quick.

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    1. Ach, it's still good without the cheese Kellie. It just adds a bit of luxury.

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  8. Your sous chef really works wonders in your kitchen ;) Love broccoli in soup and with that cheese - yum!!

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  9. Oooh yum! Am a huge soup fan - it certainly is the weather for it lol xoxo

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    1. Unfortunately it is, but it's a nice change to have soup again.

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  10. Love broccoli and spinach, oh and cheese too - perfect!

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  11. I bought two large heads of broccoli on a whim yesterday, love your glorious green soup and really like the sound of the spinach addition, even more so that summer has done a runner - have been thinking its soup season again!

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    1. I know it's sad but true. At least they are delicious and hearty.

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