For this recipe, I decided to go with a soup that I’ve made a few times before. It’s super easy, pairs up with a lot of other dishes, and makes for some great leftovers the next day.
I’m a huge fan of broccoli, so I went with Martha Stewart’s Pureed Broccoli Soup recipe that I saw in one of her magazines years ago. The recipe online is pretty close to the recipe I use, with a few modifications. The original recipe called for vegetable stock, and nothing more (this recipe says to add water to cover the broccoli…it doesn’t need it).
This soup is also a big hit with D., so he was glad to see it when he got home Monday night. 🙂
The other reason why I make this soup? This is pretty much all you need. If you choose to leave out the cheese, it makes for a fairly hearty, creamy soup that’s vegan friendly, which is never a bad thing. No actual cream needed!
As always, I try to make sure I have all the chopping and measuring done before I start. Especially when it comes to soups, it’s always good to have things ready to go to prevent things from burning or overcooking.
Once the soup is cooked, I get my little “blending station” ready to go. It’s always smart to do this is small batches, so make sure you have something to put the blended soup in as you go (I went with a large measuring cup). You could also use an immersion blender, but I don’t have one of those. Just a blender that’s older than I am (thanks, Mom!).
Once you’ve blended it all, put it back in the pot to warm it back up. See? Super easy, right? From start to finish, it takes about 30 minutes (once you get the hang of making it).
Since I was making this for my lunch/dinner, I decided to beef up the soup a bit with some bread. Since I’m not a perfect human being who makes everything from scratch with all organic, free-trade materials…I got the bread out of a can. At least I baked it, right? 😉
I also decided at the last minute to add in some whole wheat rotini, to make sure I wasn’t hungry during my evening class. Something about eating my dinner in the early afternoon usually leaves me starving by the time I get home at 9pm, so I try to make sure I eat something hearty to keep me from eating crappy stuff when I get home late.
Oh, and so you don’t think I ate all alone (okay, I totally did)…I spent my Monday night dinner break catching up with one of my favorite YouTube ladies, Lorraine Stanick, and her update after recently giving birth to her first baby. I’ve been watching her videos on and off for years, and it’s cool to see her embracing motherhood in all it’s glory…and lack thereof. 🙂
So there you have it – another meatless dinner finished! I can’t wait to share what I’ll be making for dinner tonight…it’s a new recipe for me, and it sounds really good!
What are you having for dinner tonight?