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Cream of Broccoli Soup with Quinoa

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"Because of the broccoli, onion, sweet potato, and homemade vegetable stock, this is a healthy recipe. When combined with the protein-rich quinoa, it also filling and satisfying. It has become a staple on our menu. Garnish with broccoli, parsley, or dill."
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1 h 10 m servings 405
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Bring 2 cups water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy 4-quart pot. Add onion; cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in vegetable stock, broccoli, sweet potato, and salt. Bring soup to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until broccoli and sweet potato are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove soup from the heat. Puree with a hand-held immersion blender until smooth. Season with nutmeg, garam masala, and pepper.
  4. Combine 1/2 cup water and cashews in a high-speed blender; puree until smooth.
  5. Pour cashew mixture into the soup and bring to a boil.
  6. Place 1/3 cup cooked quinoa in the center of each serving bowl; ladle soup around quinoa.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • The quinoa complements the soup well if made with vegetable or chicken stock instead of water.
  • Use frozen broccoli if preferred. Try adding 1/2 small onion, chopped and sautéed, when cooking the quinoa. You can also add 1 small carrot and 1 small parsnip, peeled and grated, halfway through the cooking time.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 405 calories; 13.3 60.9 13.8 0 579 Full nutrition

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Broccoli is the dominant taste, which I like! I did not modify the recipe, other than utilizing veggie broth and it was very nice. Quinoa offers a nice protein and some great texture.

I really enjoyed this soup! I did make just a few slight changes using what I had on hand. I didn't have Garam Masala and couldn't find it during my shopping trip but looked up a recipe for it a...

Delicious soup. Good hot and cold. Do make the cashew cream.. nice addition. I was able to get a small amount of raw cashews in the bulk bins