Broccoli Cauliflower Glow Soup
Already vegetarian and gluten-free, substitute the butter with more oil and it's vegan, dairy-free, and paleo.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 large or 2 small cloves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro stems
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
- 1 13 to 14 ounce can coconut milk, well-shaken (about 2 cups; use light if you prefer)
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, homemade or low sodium
- 16-20 ounces mix of broccoli and cauliflower florets, plus diced stems (about 1 small head each)
- 3 tablespoons whole grain or coarse country style mustard
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 1 lemon, sliced in half
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Heat oil and butter in a 4 to 5 quart Dutch oven or stockpot over medium until the oil shimmers and the butter is melted. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cilantro stems and stir until fragrant. Sprinkle in the turmeric and curry powder and mix with the onions until all is colored yellow with the spices. Add a splash of stock and stir to make sure the spice powders have dissolved.
Pour in the rest of the stock, the coconut milk, and the broccoli and cauliflower, plus 1 teaspoon of salt. Increase heat to high and bring just to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a gentle simmer. Cover partially with a lid or a piece of foil, and cook 15 to 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender enough to be pierced with the tip of a knife. The broccoli should still be bright green (not the olive drab it turns when over cooked). Turn heat to low.
Transfer soup to blender, and add the mustard, herbs, a big pinch of salt, and a grind of pepper. Purée until completely smooth* - the herbs and broccoli should be reduced to flecks. (If necessary, process the soup in batches, adding the mustard and herbs to the first batch. Return all of the soup to the pot and taste. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and taste again. Repeat, adding more lemon juice and salt until seasoned properly (I find it takes about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt to reach my liking). Before serving, add a grind of black pepper.
- For a hearty meal, add cooked brown rice or farro to bowls and ladle soup over the top.
- Top with small garlicky croutons and shaved Gruyere.
*If you like texture in your soup, pull out a cup or so of the broccoli and cauliflower pieces before blending the soup, then add them back in after.