A light and flavorful soup to warm you and your little ones during the cold days and nights.
Hello, there. We will officially be switching seasons next week. There are pumpkins everywhere. And I can’t get enough of those. But let’s not forget there are other super foods too in the market. Today, I am sharing a recipe for Cream Of Broccoli Soup. For all the broccoli haters, this soup will change your taste for this healthy vegetable.
It has been quite a while since I posted a recipe. I had been down with allergies for the past 3 weeks. Maintaining a healthy body is so important. Since last few weeks, I realized this even more. I could hardly function as a normal human being. Now more than ever, I try my level best to eat healthily. And focus on super foods.
Through the days of my allergies and my little one’s viral infection, soups were the only foods we could handle well. A bowl of warm hearty soup was all that we wanted. So amidst of the sickness and runny nose, I created this soup recipe. And it was a welcomed by everyone in the family.
In the following recipe, I have used potatoes and vegetable broth as a base for the soup. Potatoes give this soup a thick texture as well as acts as a thickening agent. So, there is no need to add any flour or other substitutes. For aromatics, I have used fennel seeds and bay leaf and flavored the soup with garlic and spring onions. I have especially, used spring onions here instead of onions. Spring onions give this soup a mild onion flavor which is not too over powering. Particularly keeping in mind the palates of baby tummies.Cream Of Broccoli Soup. A comfort meal for your family. #comfortfood #8months Click To Tweet
I have cooked broccoli in the homemade vegetable broth just for few minutes. Too much cooking of broccoli can ruin its nutritional content. Next, I ran this through a food processor, until it became a thick creamy puree. At the very last stage, I heated this soup again for few minutes and added heavy cream. And then served it with a rest of the meal. The silky smooth texture of this soup is so amazing that people will ask for another bowlful. And for those little broccoli haters (Moms-you don’t have to tell them what’s in it).
Save this soup recipe and give it a try soon. I am sure you will make this one more often during these upcoming months.
Let’s go through the recipe.
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup chopped broccoli
- 1 cup chopped potatoes
- ½ cup chopped spring onion (white and green)
- ½ cup heavy cream or half-half cream
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 bay leaf (small)
- 1tbs unsalted butter
- Pinch of fennel seeds
- Salt and Black pepper to taste (Skip this if making it for babies 1 year and younger)
- Start by heating butter in a pot. Add bay leaf, fennel seeds and garlic cloves.
- Now add chopped spring onions. Saute it for few seconds. Follow that with chopped potatoes.
- Next, add vegetable broth and cook potatoes till tender. When they are almost tender add broccoli. Cover and cook it for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- Transfer this to a food processor or you can use an emulsion blender. Whisk this into a smooth puree.
- Turn on the heat again of the pot and transfer this soup to it. Now add the heavy or half and half cream and mix well. Make sure the heat is on low.
- Once it's warm, serve it with your favorite meal.
My Little Notes:
Broccoli can be introduced to babies at the age of 8 months and onwards.
Broccolis are a part of Autumn-Harvest. These are highly nutritious vegetables which one should include in their daily diet. This holds true for little ones too. There are two types of broccoli available in the market. The purple- sprouting variety which has fine leafy stems and delicate head. While the other ones are the tightly budded stalk, green in color and thick stalk.
Raw broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C, but it’s level declines as it gets cooked. So keep cooking broccoli to its minimum. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B, and folate. Minerals like manganese, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and calcium are also a part of this vegetable. It has various anti-viral and antibacterial properties.
While choosing a broccoli, pick ones that have bright compact florets. Yellow forest, a limp stalk, and pungent smell is a sign of over ripe and bad quality.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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