Cooking Like a Man

Cooking Like A Man: Creamy Broccoli Soup

What does a “cooking like a man”  recipe look like? Here are my requirements (and no, I don’t necessarily speak for all the men out there):

  1. It must use few pots, pans, dishes (preferably just one!)
  2. It must require few ingredients…nothing too weird either
  3. It must be easy to make
  4. It must be quick, or at least not require me to carefully watch anything for long periods of time
  5. It must taste good
  6. It must store well for leftovers

Creamy Broccoli Soup

For those who have done my “10 in 4” Challenge, you will know that vegetables are key. We eat vegetables at least 3 times each day and we eat as many as we want. That’s why I’m always looking for “cooking like a man”-worthy recipes that are loaded with veggies. Here’s my current favourite:

Ingredients

The first set of ingredients is needed for your homemade soup stock:

Soup Stock

Simple and healthy veggies soup stock.

  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 2 large onions (chopped)
  • 5 garlic cloves (diced)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2tsp parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The remaining ingredients are added to your stock:

broccoli

And here are the veggies!

  • 8 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 large potato (or some chopped baby potatoes like I used)
  • 1 cup almond milk

Directions

#1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onions for 2 minutes or until brown.

#2. Add garlic, chopped celery, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper to pot (2 minutes, stir as needed)

#3. Add 2 cups water, bay leaves.  Bring to a boil, then simmer 2 minutes.

soup simmering

Soup stock is simmering.

#4. Add chopped potatoes and broccoli. Cook on medium until potatoes are soft (about 20 minutes).

cut veggies

Cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces, Broccoli can be bigger.

#5. Add more water. Water level should be 1-2 inches below top of broccoli.

water

Don’t use too much water! The broccoli sits on top and steams.

#6. Once potatoes are cooked, add milk, then blend (in a blender or using a submersion blender) until smooth.

blend

Blend it well. There should be no potato chunks floating around.

#7. Add salt and pepper if needed. Eat it.

Finished soup

I add pepper at the end for a little extra kick. Looks kind of plain but tastes great.

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