I was going to call this post ‘The Soup For Soup-Haters’, but my conservatism in titles got the best of me. This is, however, a true statement.
Normally, my soup recipes are saved for nights my husband is at work, but this, my friends, is a delicious exception.
This is my hubby’s favorite soup!…actually, the only one he has EVER requested I make. I’m not sure what gets him. The flavor of the basil pairs beautifully with broccoli and the soft goat cheese (aka chevre) gives it a creamy, slightly tangy finish…
Paired with a salad and some fresh bread, this makes a delicious meal for me….merely an appetizer for a 200+ pound man… Serve it to him with half a chicken, and he’ll love you forever.
- 1 T. butter or coconut oil
- ½ large leek, white and light green parts only, chopped (I’ve also used 2 medium shallots with good results)
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 lb. broccoli (a combination of florets and stems), chopped
- ¼ c. fresh basil
- 2 c. water or vegetable broth
- ½ t. salt, plus more to taste
- pepper, to taste
- a dash of red pepper flakes for a bit of spice, optional
- 4 T. soft goat cheese (chevre), at room temperature
- toasted sunflower seeds (it may sound weird, but I love the crunch it adds!)
- Heat the butter or oil in a large saucepan.
- Add the leek or shallots and saute for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add the broccoli and cook 1-2 minutes until bright green.
- Add the salt and pepper (black and red, if using).
- Pour in the water or broth, bring the soup to a boil, and lower it to a simmer.
- Cover the pan, and simmer the soup for 15 minutes.
- Allow the soup to cool for a few minutes.
- Using an standing or immersion blender, puree the soup until creamy.
- Ladle it into bowls, and top it with some goat cheese and toasted sunflower seeds, if desired.
Adapted from this recipe
Broccoli is a vegetable that I feel so healthy eating! With a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it’s a powerhouse of nutrition. Some reasons I love it include:
- high in calcium
- helps the liver process bad estrogens
- aids in hormonal balance
- high in antioxidants, such as vitamin C
- anti-histamine properties (fights those pesky allergens!)
- high in fiber (aids elimination)
Easy, low in calories, delicious….what more could you want?
Besides meat, what meals do men really love?
I think my husband likes things that are fairly simple, classic, and safe. For instance, spaghetti and marinara. Then there’s me…I want to spiralize my eggplant and top it with a sun-dried tomato pesto. He loves his overnight oats though!!
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