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I love soup! Well, we all love soup in our family. Do you? I thought everyone probably did until recently one of my son’s friends moms was telling me they’re not big fans of soup. What?!
I love soup because it’s so easy to throw everything in a pot and let it simmer with very little hands on cooking time. So easy!
So last year when I shared my 25 Simple Soup Recipes I also shared about the annual soup swap movement. I was so inspired that back in February, we hosted a soup (and chili!) get together at our house for some friends and their families. It was so fun and everyone had a great time and enjoyed some yummy soup too.
So when I received a copy of The Soup Club Cookbook, I was anxious to check it out. I loved the tagline on the book “Feed Your Friends, Feed Your Family, Feed Yourself” and this book delivers on inspiration on all counts. It is full of delicious sounding recipes! And also simple soups like Split Pea or Lentil Soup. Or meatier versions like Italian Wedding Soup or They even include cold soups like Cucumber-Yogurt Soup and Avocado-Arugula Soup (I can’t wait to try those out).
And they also include some non-soup recipes like delicious salads and other sides. I’d say about half the book is made up of salads and sides recipes like Red Cabbage Salad, Jeweled Rice or Cheddar Cornbread.
The concept for the soup club is this: Make a big batch of soup, gather up some friends and share your soup. The authors have been doing this for years and they have a regular schedule set up for sharing soup. There is one downside to the book though…all the recipes are meant to make big batches-eight quarts to be exact—of soup and they don’t really tell you how to freeze the soup for later. However, I did read some of the reviews on Amazon and noticed some comments that say many of the recipes do freeze well. I can’t wait to try more of them out. Making a big batch of soup to serve some now and save some in the freezer for later? Bonus! Plus, if you’re hosting a party or bringing soup to a friend, this book is for you. Of course, you can also start your own Soup Club too—the authors include tips for doing just that!
It’s full of healthy—and some indulgent-soups. And actually, many of the soups can be easily halved and made for smaller groups. That’s what I did when I modified the Roasted Broccoli Soup. Three out of the four of us loved this soup and will totally make it again! What I loved about it is it’s made with all fresh vegetables and is really quite simple to prepare.
I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and also check out the The Soup Club Cookbook! Enjoy!
Simple Creamy Roasted Broccoli Soup and The Soup Club Cookbook Review
- 4-5 cups fresh broccoli florets chopped
- 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup onion chopped
- ½ cup green onion chopped
- 1 cup carrots chopped
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more to taste
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 cups chicken broth may substitute vegetarian broth too
- 1 cup 1% milk
- ½ cup sour cream optional
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a large bowl, add broccoli, olive oil and salt. Stir to coat evenly. Spread broccoli on a foil lined (or I used a reusable silicone mat) and roast for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, as the broccoli is roasting, heat the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions, green onions, carrots, celery, salt and pepper. Sauté until soft, about 7 minutes.
- Add the roasted broccoli and sauté for another few minutes.
- Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 to 35 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
- Remove from heat and add the milk. If you have an immersion blender, blend until mixture is smooth and creamy. If not, portion out soup and blend in a regular blender until creamy. Add more milk as needed if the soup is too thick. Top with about a tablespoon of sour cream if desired.
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