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The Adventures of Broccoli Girl, Part Two

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!

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Published on January 17, 2009

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  1. 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

  2. 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!!

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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.

  12. kristinerasmussen says

    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

  13. 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

  14. 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?

  15. Roshni Parate says

    I have been craving broccoli like crazy lately. I have been eating a huge bowlful of broccoli soup. A must try!

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