Cream of Broccoli Soup with Crunchy Croutons

By Judi Bushala | December 3, 2020
Makes 4 servings
I love meals like this. You basically just throw everything into a pot, let it do its thing, and then dinner is ready. It’s the Cream of Broccoli Soup that you know and love, but better because everything about it is good for you.

Ingredients

Crunchy Croutons 2 heads broccoli, stems removed, and cut into florets
1 large yellow onion, peeled and quartered
4 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
1 cup raw cashews
1 32 oz. box vegetable broth, low-sodium, no oil
2 cups water
2 tablespoons miso, white or yellow
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
6 turns freshly ground black pepper, more to taste

Directions

  1. First, make the Crunchy Croutons according to the recipe and instructions below and set those aside to really crisp up.

  2. Next, add the broccoli, onion, garlic, cashews, veggie broth, and water to a large pot over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let all of that cook for about 20 minutes or until the broccoli is fork-tender. When the broccoli is ready, remove half of the broccoli and set it aside.

  3. Add everything from the pot to your high-speed blender and blend until it’s nice and creamy. You may have to do this in 2 or 3 batches, so you’ll need another pot or large bowl to transfer your soup to once you’ve blended it. Once everything is blended and creamy, transfer all the soup back into the soup pot, and tun the heat to low.

  4. Scoop 1 cup of the warm soup into to a small bowl, and add your miso. Stir the miso up until it is completely dissolved, and then add the miso mixture back to the soup. Don’t let the soup boil again because the miso will lose all of its healing properties!

  5. Add the broccoli that you set aside earlier to your Soup, and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste and top individual bowls with a big handful of Crunchy Croutons.

  6. Mmmm......isn't that delicious?

Recipe Notes

An immersion blender will work in place of a blender, if you have one.

If you'd like, make extra broccoli to toss into your Soup to make it even chunkier! That's what I like to do.

For a cheesy flavor, try tossing in a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast.

This recipe was inspired by a recipe from The Pillar Life Kitchen.


For the Crunchy Croutons:

Ingredients

6 pieces 100% whole grain bread, or sprouted grain bread like Ezekiel, cut into crouton-sized chunks
1 sprinkle granulated onion
1 sprinkle granulated garlic
1 sprinkle sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Place the bread chunks in a large bowl and add a few shakes of onion, garlic and sea salt.

  3. Place on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven (or toaster oven) for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy, flipping the croutons occasionally so they toast on both sides.



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