Broccoli + Sweet Potato Soup

>> Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's been a while since I've made a new soup recipe. I love chunky stews and chili, which is why I make those varieties far more often than slurpable stuff of this sort. But . . . there I was in my kitchen looking into a sad drawer of limp, forgotten broccoli. The whole USE IT UP! automatic healthy eating tip was screaming in my head.

I just couldn't stomach another stir-fry.

So . . .


BROCCOLI + SWEET POTATO SOUP
with coconut milk for vegan richness!

What you'll need . . .
  • 2 large heads of broccoli, chopped small
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled + chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2-3 cups (low sodium) vegetable broth
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • Olive or Chili oil (optional)
Method . . . 
  1. Prepare all your veggies, then in a stock pot over medium heat, saute your onion in some olive oil until soft. Then add in potatoes and broccoli and cook for a few minutes.
  2. Add the broth (start with two cups) and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Then lower to a simmer for around 15 minutes, until veggies/potatoes are soft/blendable. 
  3. Let cool slightly before blending* until smooth. Add more broth as necessary to reach desired consistency. Then return to the stovetop to season with the salt, pepper, and optionally kick up the heat with a little chili oil.
* I use my Ninja Blender, a.k.a. my poor woman's Vitamix, to blend the tough broccoli.


Yes. The soup does turn a light brown color, depending on your specific ratio of sweet potatoes to broccoli. If you're looking for a more appetizing presentation, you could always sub in a white potato. But then you'd be missing out on the extra dimension of flavor + nutrition the sweet potato adds. It's a delicate balance.

You could also add in some cayenne. I love hot + spicy soups!

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