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Broccoli & Basil Soup with Garlic Croutons

This super simple, very green soup is full of tasty, immune boosting ingredients that you can make the family for lunch or dinner… a great winter alternative to a green smoothie!!

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 56 cups broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into rounds
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup basil leaves, roughly torn
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • GARLIC CROUTONS:-
  • 2 cups croutons, cut into 1cm cubes (cut from stale sourdough bread or gluten-free bread)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160°C, fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes or until translucent and soft.
  4. Add garlic, then stir and cook for a further 30 seconds.
  5. Place broccoli and zucchini into the saucepan and stir everything together for 1 minute, until the vegetables begin to cook.
  6. Add vegetable stock, nutritional yeast and cayenne powder to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Place the lid on and simmer for 15 minutes on a low heat.
  7. While the soup cooks, toss the cubes of bread in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread them on your prepared baking tray and place in the oven for 10 minutes or until crunchy and golden.
  8. When the soup is done and the broccoli is tender, turn the stove off and leave to cool in the pot for 5 minutes.
  9. Once cooled slightly, puree the soup in a blender. Due to the quantity, it is best done in two batches unless you have a very large blender jug. Place half the soup in the blender, add half a can of cannellini beans and basil leaves and blitz for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Place the finished half of the soup back in the pot and repeat with the other batch.
  10. Once both batches are blended and back in the pot, heat over a low heat on the stove and mix to combine. Taste your soup and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  11. Squeeze in lemon juice.
  12. Top with baked croutons and roughly torn basil. Serve.

Notes

STORING TIPS – Leave to cool then transfer to an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

This recipe has been shared with permission from Blackmores, I altered it ever so slightly reducing the amount of cayenne pepper as I found it too peppery for the kids taste buds.