Broccoli Lemon Soup

by Rachel on October 30, 2011

Broccoli Lemon Soup

My husband has one thing in common with George Bush, they both hate broccoli.  I’ve never understood the broccoli hatred, on either of their parts.  I adore broccoli.  My husband says it is “furry” and smells bad.  I spent almost 9 years not eating broccoli, the years I lived with my husband but had no offspring to side with me in the broccoli war.  Quietly and secretly I worked on the small Sterns – and soon, much to my husband’s dismay – I tipped the deck against him.  The house now holds three broccoli lovers, and one broccoli loather.  Ah, the sweet taste of victory.  In our house it tastes like broccoli soup.  Mmm…

Broccoli Lemon Soup (serves 4-6)

  • 2 tablespoons best quality butter, or olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups sweet Vidalia onion, finely diced
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 2 leeks, cut lengthwise and then thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 5 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup half & half (skip the half & half if you prefer the vegan version)

Heat butter (or olive oil) in a large skillet.  Add shallot, leeks, and onion and sauté until soft, 10-12 minutes.  Add white wine and broccoli and sauté five more minutes.  Add broth and simmer until the broccoli is soft but not mushy.  Add the lemon zest and lemon juice.

In batches process the soup and stock in a blender until it is very smooth.  Gradually pour the soup back into a medium saucepan.  Season with salt.  Add half & half.  Heat through and serve.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

lora October 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Can I use greek yogurt instead of the half and half?

Rachel October 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Of course. You may need slightly more salt. Just taste it at the end. ENJOY!

M August 19, 2018 at 7:47 pm

Regular yogurt works better in soups. Greek yogurt has been strained and has a lot more protein which curdles in heat.

I love the bowl you used.

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