A pureed vegetable soup can be an impressive, easy and affordable first course for an elegant dinner, or even a light dinner on its own with salad and bread.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan until shimmering.

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  • Add broccoli, then onion; saute, stirring very little at first, then more frequently, until vegetables start to turn golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar and garlic; continue cooking until all vegetables are a rich spotty caramel color, about 10 minutes longer.

  • Add mustard, basil, oregano, and cayenne pepper; continue to saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.

  • Add broth; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Using an immersion blender or traditional blender, puree until very smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If using a traditional blender, vent it either by removing the lid's pop-out center or by lifting one edge of the lid. Drape the blender canister with a kitchen towel. To 'clean' the canister, pour in a little half-and-half, blend briefly, then add to the soup.)

  • Return to pan (or a soup pot); add enough half-and-half so the mixture is souplike, yet thick enough to float garnish. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Heat through, ladle into bowls, garnish and serve.

Tips

*To toast, heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add nuts; stir and shake pan until nuts are fragrant and golden.

Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; 12.7 g total fat; 21 mg cholesterol; 58 mg sodium. 10.9 g carbohydrates; 5.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2008
I really enjoyed how easy this recipe really was. My husband is not a huge broccoli fan but since I love it I though this would be a good way to get him to eat it..success!! I think I would add just a touch more mustard I could taste it if I really focused on it but thought a bit more would be even better. carmelizing the onions gave a great flavour. I will difinatley make this again..great cool weather meal. After making this again....I do have to say the extra mustard was what was needed and a bit more spice... I wish more people would try this recipe!! It is awesome!! Read More
(23)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/04/2009
Very different. I wouldn't really call it creamy though. The mustard really changed the taste of the soup. I probably won't make this again. Read More
(4)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2008
I really enjoyed how easy this recipe really was. My husband is not a huge broccoli fan but since I love it I though this would be a good way to get him to eat it..success!! I think I would add just a touch more mustard I could taste it if I really focused on it but thought a bit more would be even better. carmelizing the onions gave a great flavour. I will difinatley make this again..great cool weather meal. After making this again....I do have to say the extra mustard was what was needed and a bit more spice... I wish more people would try this recipe!! It is awesome!! Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2008
I really enjoyed how easy this recipe really was. My husband is not a huge broccoli fan but since I love it I though this would be a good way to get him to eat it..success!! I think I would add just a touch more mustard I could taste it if I really focused on it but thought a bit more would be even better. carmelizing the onions gave a great flavour. I will difinatley make this again..great cool weather meal. After making this again....I do have to say the extra mustard was what was needed and a bit more spice... I wish more people would try this recipe!! It is awesome!! Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
08/15/2006
As written I didn't feel the spices in this soup "worked"; but when I melted in cheese the flavors melded beautifully. It's quite thick with the addition of the cheese and a small cup can be used as a dip for breadsticks or eaten plain with crackers. I would probably use this as my first choice for a buffet or appetizer soup. One note - I never use oregano but always substitute its milder cousin marjoram. For a great supper soup see Cream of Broccoli Soup I by Antooskin. It's flavorful without being spicy and has a thinner consistency. Read More
(6)
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Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2009
This soup has potential but as written it lacks flavor. I caramelized the onion and added another 1/2 tsp dry mustard. I used evaporated milk in place of the half & half as it imparts a creamy texture without the fat and calories. I added Parmesan cheese as a garnish which did help flavor the soup somewhat. I was out of my good Smoked Spanish Paprika which would have been a nice addition. I will use it next time. This would be a nice soup to serve with a panini type sandwich. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2008
This is so good! And I've tried a couple of the other recipes on this site for broccoli soup. Great flavour! I used skim milk instead of whole milk and it tasted so good. It was definitely less fat/less sodium than some of the other recipes. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
05/04/2009
Very different. I wouldn't really call it creamy though. The mustard really changed the taste of the soup. I probably won't make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2010
I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I make a lot of dishes using broccoli florets and I often have leftover stems which I don't particularly like to eat steamed. This was a great way to get rid of them! I ended up tweaking the spices and as a few other reviewers suggested added a little bit of cheese. For anyone willing to give it a try this is a good base that you can customize to your satisfaction. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2008
I found it refreshing to find a broccoli soup recipe that did not use cheese as my family must watch cholesterol. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2015
For best flavor it's necessary to increase all the spices- including the garlic. I also use additional water as necessary. Cheese can be added if desired. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
03/15/2013
This sounded good but it was extremely bland. Read More