Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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A warm bowl of Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup is the best thing to cure cold weather blues.  Soup can be warming, filling and oh so satisfying.  I’ve been making loads and loads of various soups and then freezing a batch to have on hand later in a pinch.  I decided to stock my freezer with various soups to get us through the winter and started with this delicious Broccoli and Cauliflower one.

In this recipe I first roasted the cauliflower, broccoli, and onions to create a nice smoky flavor on the vegetables before they went into the soup base and were pureed into creamy goodness.  A touch of our Mumbai nut & spice blend made up of Indian flavors also added an interesting dimension of flavor.  And of course the crunchy topping of almonds, Mumbai blend and tiny roasted broccoli florets added a great visual appeal.  It also gives a bit of a hint as to what you’ll be enjoying in that soup bowl.  I’ll be making more soups in the next few weeks but for now, enjoy this delicious Broccoli and Cauliflower soup.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 full head cauliflower
  • 1 full head broccoli
  • 2 yellow onions
  • olive oil
  • 6 cups chicken stock (or more)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons Mumbai nut & spice mix
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime, fresh
  • for garnish:
  • tiny broccoli sprigs
  • almonds, roughly chopped
  • sprinkle Mumbai nut & spice mix

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Chop the full head of broccoli and cauliflower, include the stems, leaves and all. Roughly slice the two onions. Using 3 separate baking sheets, place each veggie on each sheet, drizzle each vegetable tray with olive oil and generously sprinkle them with sea salt. Using your hands, toss them gently to incorporate the oil onto the cut veggies. I like to use 3 separate trays because some of the vegetables will brown quicker than the others and it can be removed when needed. If you're short on baking trays, you can mix the vegetables together. Place them into the hot oven and roast them for about 30-40 minutes or until they are a bit browned and have softened. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Separate a few little broccoli sprigs to use for garnishing the top of the soup just before serving.
  2. Using a blender, scoop in some of the cooled vegetables (fill to about half) and then pour in chicken stock to cover well (can also use vegetable stock if you prefer this soup to be 100% vegetarian). Blend until smooth and if needed, add more chicken stock so you get a good puree. I like my soup very smooth so I blend it well. After it is pureed well, pour into a very large stock pot and begin your next batch. On the last blender batch of vegetables, add 2 teaspoons of Mumbai nut & spice mix and blend it into the veggies well. Pour all of this into the stock pot.
  3. To the stock pot, add, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, the lime juice and water until you reach the consistency you like. Once it is heated through, add a bit of half and half at the very end to make it a bit creamy. You can omit the cream if you wish. Remember when using cream, if you boil after you've added, this can cause the cream to curdle. I always make certain to add the cream when it is at a very low simmer and remove from the heat soon after.
  4. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and garnish the tops with little sprigs of broccoli, roughly chopped almonds, and a sprinkle of Mumbai nut & spice mix. You can also add a few drops of sriracha to add a few notes of heat. Serve immediately.
  5. This is a very large batch of soup. I purposely made it large so I could store away a bit in the freezer for a quick meal in the future. The recipe yielded enough to make (3) 6-cup containers. We enjoyed broccoli & cauliflower soup for dinner and then had enough leftover to store away 2 containers in the freezer.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup - Glory Kitchen
Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup - Glory Kitchen
Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup - Glory Kitchen
Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup - Glory Kitchen