Yesterday I decided to make soup. When do I ever make soup? Never. Occasionally I buy Amy's vegetable lentil soup, but I never make it homemade. I was seriously craving a hearty bowl of soup, especially since the weather has been nothing but cloudy and rainy. I also spent the whole day outside today at Camp Ketcha with my class. It was a great experience and despite the light rain this morning, it ended up being a pleasant day filled with laughter and challenges.
I think a lot of people have misconceptions about making soup, especially because of how long it takes. Many soups simmer away for hours until the flavors merry together into a soupy goodness. Not this soup. I mean, it was still a soupy goodness, but it only took me about a half hour to whip up. Plus the ingredients were simple and clean, meaning I won't feel like I ate fake campbell's chicken or drank salt water. Please tell me I'm not the only one grossed out by chicken in soup. This is why I try and stay away from processed foods. Rib meat is no bueno and yucky. My soup doesn't have chicken in it though. It's filled with zucchini and broccoli, so I'm going to call it broccoli and zucchini soup. Pretty self explanatory name there, Ashley.
Broccoli and Zucchini Soup
3 heaping cups of broccoli
3 heaping cups of diced zucchini
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 cup of diced sweet onions
2 tbsp butter (I used Kerrygold unsalted)
3 1/2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
salt and pepper
Melt butter in a stock pot and add onions and garlic. Cook until fragrant. Next, add in the broccoli and zucchini. Cook for a few minutes and stir the veggies around until they are coated with butter. Season with salt and pepper. Next, add in the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. When soup is cooled off, transfer into a blender and blend until smooth. If you're fancy and have an immersion stick blender, you can use that too.
Aaaaaand there's the end result. A creamy soup that's pretty healthy and easy to make. I grilled some chicken with garlic & lemon seasoning and added some peas and cracked pepper in the soup while reheating it to add some texture. Green soup for the win!