Creamy Broccoli Soup

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SERVINGS

4 servings

PREP TIME

15 minutes

ACTIVE TIME

20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 large leek (2 cups)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium head broccoli (just of 4 cups florets/stems)
  • ½ tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup light coconut milk plus ΒΌ cup extra for garnish
  • 3 cups loosely packed spinach
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, more to taste
  • Red pepper flakes
DIRECTIONS
  1. Slice the white and light green parts of the leek into rings. Using a strainer, rinse the leeks thoroughly.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the leeks, crushed garlic cloves, and a few generous pinches of salt and pepper. Stir and cook until the leeks are soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Chop the broccoli, stems and all, into coarse florets and add them to the pot. Stir and cook until just softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the white wine vinegar, then add the vegetable broth and coconut milk. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Let the soup cool slightly, then transfer to a blender (you can work in batches if you need to). Blend until smooth. Add the spinach and blend again. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding a bit of fresh lemon juice to brighten it up a bit if you like.
  5. Garnish with a drizzle of coconut milk and olive oil. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired.