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simple broccoli and cauliflower soup

sorry for the quiet blog this week, somehow i managed to lose track of myself and it’s now friday despite the fact that my brain is still in tuesday afternoon mode.


recently we’ve been enjoying having friends and family to stay and as a result have been eating particularly well. some of the meals have been rich indulgences – a version of this chorizo-stuffed pork tenderloin seemed to go down well with david’s parents – and other less so, including this broccoli and cauliflower soup.


this was a very quick and simple supper but the soup had a wonderful flavour, not least the gentle garlicky undertones which added a bit of interest to the brassicas. i kept this quite thick and it made a substantial meal with gruyere topped croutons, but you could easily make it thinner by adding more stock and, if you want to be indulgent, a splash of cream wouldn’t go amiss.


simple broccoli and cauliflower soup (serves 4)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced

1 broccoli, cut into even-sized pieces

1 cauliflower, cut into even-sized pieces

750ml vegetable stock

salt & pepper


heat the olive oil in a large pan and gently fry the onions and garlic until they begin to soften and you can smell them. be careful not to allow them to colour. add the broccoli and cauliflower and the vegetable stock (this should cover them, if not add some more). simmer, with the lid on, until the vegetables are cooked.


blitz the soup in a food processor and reheat, adding seasoning to taste and any extra liquid to get the consistency you want.


Reader Comments (37)

Thoroughly enjoyed this soup but I think my cloves must have been bigger than yours as it was a little heavy on the garlic. Served with a lovely chunk of home made bread. Will definitely make it again. Thanks.
May 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJT
i'm glad you liked it jt - sorry that the garlic was too heavy for you. i made it in winter so i imagine the garlic had less flavour then.
May 3, 2009 | Registered Commenterabby
I LOVE this soup !! always wanted to know how to make it so thank youu =) delicious
May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElla
careful with the garlic ella!
May 14, 2009 | Registered Commenterabby
Perfectly simple and delicious - thanks. It was purely for me & I like things spicy but not too after-tastey so I added a touch of cumin instead of garlic, and it worked well.
June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy
interesting adaptation andy, i'll have to give that a try. as soon as i can stop myself from roasting any and all broccoli i get my hands on!
June 12, 2009 | Registered Commenterabby
I've just made this - with the cumin - and it's delicious!
August 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrachel
i've just made this too & it tastes yummy! top souping :)
August 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercharlie
good job both - i must try it again too but am hoping the weather will stay warm enough to put me off needing soup for a while...
August 11, 2009 | Registered Commenterabby
Excellent soup & zero weight watchers points if you use spray oil instead of the olive oil. Thanks
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBev
good tip bev, thanks!
October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterabby
hi, i forgot how to make it lovely soup, you have just reminded me, thank you!! it a good recipe!
October 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersophie
This is a great recipe and sooo easy...Ive just made it tonight for the first time and as i dont eat vegatables at all, the only way i do is through soup....i love this one.
only used 1 garlic bulb added a little cummin and a potato left over from dinner.....delicious. thanks!.
November 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertiggerstail
I tasted this soup for the first time today at a farm shop in Ayrshire . This was the taste I`ve been looking for,- for years. At my first opportunity I will attempt to make it -thanks
April 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjfcdoublebass
i love this soup my mom used to make it out the packet as i did but they stopped making them an i tried this and it was exceptional i am doing a come dine with me experience with my friends next week and i will defo b making this for my starter thanks again xx
June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy-dee
nice recipe, i'll try it soon!!
June 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersahnaz
i have searched all over the internet and this is by far the simplest way to make it, i had it in hospital and can not wait to make it! thank you :) x
July 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchantelle
i hope it compares well chantelle. and that you're recovering from whatever put you in hospital!
July 13, 2010 | Registered Commenterabby
I added a big dollop of Phillidephia and it was amazing too or add cream fresh to make it a cream of soup its lovely

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjill
Thanks for the recipe I added a tbsp of dry roasted Sri Lankin Curry power to it just before blending - was amazing! Will definitely make it again.
February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura McGregor

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