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The Adventures of Broccoli Girl, Part Two

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Honestly, I think I like broccoli just as much as I like chocolate. But I doubt anyone would read a blog entitled “Broccoli-Covered Katie.” Somehow, it just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Unlike the elder George Bush, I’ve always loved this tree-like green vegetable. When I was in first grade and my doctor asked about my favorite food, I told her it was broccoli. (Later, when my sister said her favorite food was cauliflower, the doctor informed my mom she was recommending her for Mom of the Year.)

So who wants to join me for today’s Broccoli Adventure? Are you brave enough? It doesn’t require much packing– just bring along your Vitamix, food processor, hand blender, or regular blender.

No-Cream Of Broccoli Soup

  • 2 eight-oz packages mushrooms, such as baby bellas
  • 2 packages broccoli florets (500 grams raw)
  • 2 cups broth – I use Pacific brand mushroom broth
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • Some of the broccoli soaking liquid (I usually use about 3/4cup, but if you want your soup even thicker, you can add less.)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (If you want it extra creamy, switch the amounts of mushroom broth and milk of choice. You can also add some oil or vegan butter if you’re not a fan of fat-free soup.)

In a covered dish, either microwave your broccoli in water for about 9 minutes OR cook on the stovetop. Meanwhile, put the mushrooms, garlic, broth, and salt in a pot, and cook the mushrooms over medium heat. Then add the broccoli to the mushrooms. Also add the desired amount of soaking liquid at this time. Stir together, then add your milk. Transfer the soup to your blender, or pulverize with a hand blender.  I only blend this a little bit, as I love it when it’s not completely smooth.

Fusion of two soups– Noodle Soup and Cream of Broccoli Soup (In reality, it’s just cream of broccoli soup with pasta added. The soup made for a nice, thick pasta sauce.)

Or add chickpeas!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. glidingcalm says:

    you never cease to amaze me with your creativity CCV! delicious, healthy, clever food! love it!

  2. ttfn300 says:

    ooh, for a second there, i expected to see broccoli and chocolate in your vitamix :) soup looks lovely! i especially like the addition of chickpeas

  3. Nicole ( says:

    I love broccoli!! I also love your photoshop jobs :)

  4. cherry_lips says:

    OMG your blog is so cool!! im obsessed!

  5. blueskyworld says:

    you’re so creative!
    i can’t wait until I try this because I absolutely adore brocoli too!

    loving the jocalats although the only kind I’ve tried is mint. I can’t find any other flavor =/

  6. cherry_lips says:

    how can i follow your blog? i can’t find the damn button :S

  7. Katie says:

    That soup looks so yummy! I haven’t had broccoli soup in YEARS, so thanks for the recipe!

  8. Ruby Red Vegan says:

    Nuh uh! Chocolate mint is better than plain chocolate! Hehe. Normally I think we always agree on stuff.

    Anyway. I also heart broccoli. This post is so awesome! I love your broccoli stories! CCV, you are too funny. I also love looking at your meal pictures. I need to start eating plain seitan with ketchup, because for some reason it sounds so appetizing when you post about it, even though you probably think it is really simple.

    Hehe, the “tiny tummy” comment at the end made me think of what we learned in my advanced nutrition class this week. Some stomachs can expand up to 1.5 quarts, and some even more! I bet I fit in the “even more” category, too — I can make enormous piles of veggies etc. disappear. Practice makes perfect! :)

    Oooh, and I’m so serious, girl, please do keep your eyes peeled for Justin’s Maple Almond Butter. Just keep looking at all the different Whole Foodses you can find…and you will be hooked.

  9. Amira says:

    oh yum broccoli rocks!
    i luv broccoli soup!
    & that is so funny, your mum should be given mum of the year for those choices!lol

  10. Marianne says:

    I’ve always like broccoli – I could never understand why it got such a bad rap! How can you hate the little green trees?! And love that soup recipe – mushroom soup is awesome, as is cream of broccoli. Combine them together? Yes please!

  11. Vegyogini says:

    I love broccoli soup…yum! Thank you for the recipe, CCV!

  12. *Andrea* says:

    is it just me or is there a small white heart in the broccoli soup picture with the jocolat bar? hehe. love your clever combo and you mom totally should win an award 😉 when i was little the only way i would eat veggies is if they were doused in parmesan cheese or oil

  13. Lily Girl says:

    I’m just going to join in on your marveling on how you pack it all in! I *wish* I could eat as much as you, but alas my body would not love me back. Such is life, I’ll just have to live vicariously through your blog 😀

  14. Eddie G says:

    Rock Star!

  15. Vegetation says:

    I LOVE broccoli! If there’s whole veggies on our plates, 9 times out of 10 there’s broccoli (we’re also in love with broccolini, the baby version). Mmmm broccoli!

  16. DJ says:

    Yeah, sorry if I sounded sceptical, Katie!!! We all love broccoli ‘trees’ loads in our house so this soup would go down a treat!

  17. Kiki says:

    Yeah, broccoli! I love it too. That soup looks fabulous. CCV (or BCV?) outdoes herself again!

  18. shelby says:

    I LOVE broccoli! It’s one of my favorites. I don’t like it raw though, just steamed and cooked any other way.

    Soup looks great btw!

  19. strongandhealthy says:

    Wow, that broccoli soup looks great! You crack me up! So creative!!!

  20. Fitnessista says:

    i’m constantly in awe of your creations! that looks delicious 😀
    thank goodness i have a vitamix now, so i can make some!!!
    have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    Oh thank you so much for this recipe. I LOVE broccoli. Love love love! My house always stinks cause I steam it every night. Maybe instead I can make this soup and freeze it for my daily broccoli fix. Perfect!

    Happy weekend!

  22. foodfashionfun says:

    yummy, soup sounds sooo good right now! It’s raining outside and today would be the perfect day! haha

  23. snugglebunny says:

    Your soup sounds great. I don’t really care for broccoli or mushrooms (scandalous, I know) but I do try to find ways to get them into my diet. Might have to make it this week since Florida is so darn cold (39 degrees in St. Pete as I type this).

  24. imadedinner says:

    That soup looks fantastic!!!!

  25. Chelsea says:

    That soup sounds tasty! And so easy! I have never seen packaged broccoli, though…

  26. sweetandfit says:

    you keep out-doing yourself! you must have such a super fast metabolism to be able to clean ur plates, I could definitely eat like as much, but i think i would gain weight, haha

  27. alaina says:

    broccoli is my favorite food too!! woo hoo! i am so making that soup.

  28. cherry_lips says:

    oh that’s too bad, you should definetely add that blog follow gadget!
    and thanx so much for commenting on my blog :) im from Mexico, where are you from??
    so you speak spanish also? i have a translator at the bottom of my page, just in case :)
    well thanx for dropping by, bye!

  29. Maureen @ madaboutudon says:

    Haha, you know those 4-serving “heat and eat” bags of broccoli at the grocery store? That’s like my munchie food. I’ve eaten an entire bag numerous times. Chips? Yech, gimme broccoli.

  30. cinnamonapple says:

    :) you can’t go wrong with broccoli!

  31. Vegan On Stage says:

    your and that vitamix seem to be getting pretty close!!! hahahaha so much fun though!

  32. jrsimon56 says:

    I gotta get a Vitamix. You should do their commercials! :)

  33. laci says:

    I love how your recipes vary so much! one day it’s chocolate PB on the spoon the next broccali osup! That looks like a really yummy way to get the veggiesin, I’m definatly trying it! And the picture of you is so pretty, as always!
    P.S. How much soup does this reecipe make? =0

  34. Eddie G says:

    I love broccoli! Sounds kinda gross, but I like to dip steamed broccoli in ketchup and mustard…is that weird??

  35. aredcardigan says:

    SO I heard about how AWESOME & COOL you are through my equally too cool buddy River and I HAD TO CHECK YOU OUT!

    Firstly…you had me chuckling at the whole choc covered broccoli …INSTANT ADD ON GOOGLE READER & FOLLOWING!

    I love broccoli too but am not so adventures.I usually like them blanched. Don't really take it any other kind.

    Have a good weekend girl!!

  36. River says:

    OK, so I’ll get working on a “Team CCV” tee shirt, but you need to work on a cape. Broccoli Girl needs a cape. Green preferably.

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Broccoli Girl! :)

  37. lighterportions says:

    I suddenly have this crazy urge to eat broccoli. I wonder why?

    Loving the creeeamy broccoli soup though, I think I might just have to try your recipe with my hand blender. Weeee!

    And you’re making me want more Jocolats! I think I need a health food store stop asap.

  38. VeganCowGirl says:

    I love that you added the chick peas! Great call.

  39. gammypie says:

    Your soup looks fab and super yummy!

  40. acookinthemaking says:

    haha i’m eating a bowl of roasted broccoli for lunch right now! i love love love it, and it makes the best soups!

  41. Joanna says:

    ahh i love broccoli, too!! it’s my favorite vegetable of all time. your broccoli soup looks magnificent!! i remember i made some in cooking class and it was the most unhealthy, delicious soup ever haha

  42. Lauren says:

    Yum! I love broccoli soup!! Mmm so creammmmy!

  43. says:

    that looks super yummy! i have to try making soup in the vitamix!

  44. talesofexpansion says:

    I feel the same way about broccoli … and I am convinced it is because my mom used to tell me my broccoli was mini-trees when I was little!

  45. ChocolateCoveredVegan says:

    Andrea– Woah, I totally did not see the heart until you pointed it out! I wonder what it is– steam?
    Laci– It makes four nice-sized portions. I don’t know exact measurements because I’ve never measured. Maybe two cups each?

  46. aTxVegn says:

    Hooray for Broccoli Girl! I think you’ve inspired me to make a broccoli soup.

  47. Sagan says:

    That looks delicious! Mmm broccoli. And I have such a love for chickpeas:)

  48. Jackie says:

    I often when short of time make a soup of just steamed broccoli, rice milk and black pepper liquidized.

    Will try your recipe as that looks really good.

  49. Meg says:

    What a fabulous soup! I love it!

  50. Vaala says:

    I love broccoli so that creamy soup looks so good. I will have to try it. I really like the one with the addition of chickpeas.

    By the way, I tried your ice cream out the other day and it was SO good. As it’s really hot here at the moment it hit the spot perfectly :)

  51. Bethany says:

    I’d read a blog called broccoli covered girl, that would be funny.

    I love broccoli in almost any form. steamed, overcooked, raw, soup, the list goes on.

  52. Anonymous says:

    wow yourlucky you have time to make all this

  53. YUM, I am sooo making this very soon :) I lovvvve your blog, and although I am not vegan, all of your ideas are SO adaptable to anyones lifestyle!

    Anyways, you got yourself another committed reader! Keep up the awesome work on your blog.

    I am in the midst of taking mine to the next level and can only hope it reaches the impressive level of YOUR blog!

    Have a great day! xox

    1. Aww thanks, Kristin!
      Happy Sunday, sweet girl :).

  54. B says:

    this might be enough to get me to try blended broccoli soup…. (as opposed to what I grew up with, which is campbell’s cream of chicken with broccoli in it – no blending involved)

    but I’m not sure… see I’m the other odd child who listed broccoli as my favorite food as a child, and I had specifics as to what was proper for broccoli – one was NEVER to ruin it with cheese sauce or by blending it to nothingness, lol… (I was mortally OFFENDED as a 2nd grader when the first President Bush said he didn’t like broccoli – I think I took it as a personal offense or something) LOL

    1. I’m lucky (or he’s lucky!) that I don’t remember hearing him at the actual time he said that. I was outraged when I found out later! lol

  55. Me! says:

    Allergic to mushrooms! Do you have a suggestion for a substitute?

  56. Ashley Y says:

    I so want to try this but I’m not a fan of mushrooms. Does it have a strong mushroom flavour? If so, is there something I could substitute the mushrooms for?

  57. Robin in AZ says:

    Help! I can’t seem to get to your Broccoli Girl Story!

  58. Anonymous says:

    LOVED this soup!!!!! I am going to double it next time!! So good! Keep them coming!