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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)

wow laura, that sounds really interesting - i'll have to try something similar ( i don't have the sri lankan curry powder!)
February 13, 2011 | Registered Commenterabby
I made this soup, adding a big spoonful of Philadelphia to make it a bit creamier and lots of black pepper to add a bit of spice, yummy !!!! I found the soup to be even tastier once refrigerated for a day and reheated !!!
March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
loved it!!! usually buy packets will not be buying them any more!!
July 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbernie mac
What a fantastic recipe. Found your site whilst searching for a recipe to use my excess veg. Children have now re-named it 'trump soup' as they both love the effect that veg has on their bowels ! Will definitely be doing this again. Thank you for a fab website and for your inspiration.
July 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermummy on the edge
Love the sound of this soup. Is it ok to freeze it? Thanks!
August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
I had a frozen packet of broccoli and cauliflower so thought I would use it up and make the soup., it was delicilous. Though I am going to try and make it today with fresh veg. Thank you very much.
January 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarie
Oh, this soup is DIVINE! I am home with a cold today, and wanted to have a dose of veggies, as well as a bit of garlic. This recipe was the PERFECT SOLUTION! We receive a farm share box weekly, and we had a beautiful head of cauliflower and a gorgeous head of broccoli in our box! So when I discovered your site, and this recipe, I was quite excited. I put a tiny dollop of Bellwether Farms creme fraiche on top before serving...simply because it looked smashing. Thank you so much for sharing! I feel better already! Cheers! :)
May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeal
Just made this soup for dinner - first time making my own soup. Followed recipe exactly and it was fantastic! Will definately be making it again - thank you.
July 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergoldengirl87
My friend tried it out. Its very well.
August 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertercüme bürosu
This is great. I have now made it twice. The second time I added a couple of green chilis (without the seeds) and it suits my taste even better that way, not hot, but definitely spicy.
I'm going to try the curry version next.
April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerek
thanks for the flavour variation tips, Derek - it's good to see just how flexible the recipe is!
May 12, 2013 | Registered Commenterabby
Looking forward to trying this tonight.
but i might make it a meat lovers delight with bacon and homemade chicken stock ;-)
June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
Delicious soup, thank you. I added a little Garam Masala at the end of frying the onions and a little cinnamon once blended which seemed to complement the natural flavours. Quick, easy and enjoyed by everyone who had some!
September 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarry
Omg.... Just made this for 1st time, me and my 12 yr old son just love it. Thank u. (Perfect)😊
July 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLovely
I love all the variations that people are telling me about!
July 29, 2015 | Registered Commenterabby
I've made this a few times (adding a potato) & its always been enjoyed.
I had a medley bag that needed using yesterday (brocolli, cauliflower & carrots) so i used that & i actually think it was better then the original.
So i suggest next time putting carrots in too.x
August 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle Jones
great soup.. we have been stirring in some sour cream and extra pepper when serving.. very nice..
June 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermatt

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