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Broccoli Arugula Soup

February 17, 2010

Broccoli and Arugula Soup


Hate:  diet soda.  Like:  water.  Love:  bourbon.

Hate:  skinny jeans.  Like: Jeggings (jean leggings people… jean leggings).  Love:  my Levis.

Hate:  bathing suit shopping.  Like:  vintage dress shopping.  Love:  shopping with someone else’s credit card… which never happens… ever.

Hate:  cold soup.  Like:  most soup.  Love:  um…. soup soup soup.  I really like soup.

‘Hate’ is such a strong word.  ‘Hate’ was a bad word in the house I grew up in.  Mom, if you’re reading this… yes, you taught me better… but look!  I’m eating my broccoli!  That’s got to count for something.

Broccoli and Arugula Soup

Broccoli and Arugula Soup

This soup is pure and simple.  Green vegetables with a touch of spice and a splash of citrus.  I dolloped my soup with a bit of sour cream because… seriously?  Yum.

psssst… this soup is super filling too!

Broccoli and Arugula Soup

adapted from

makes enough for two large servings

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1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1 head broccoli, cut into large florets, about 2/3 pound

2 1/2 cups water or vegetable stock

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and black pepper, or season to taste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 cup arugula leaves, packed

squeeze of 1/2 lemon

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Add the garlic cloves and cook for another minute.  Add the broccoli and cook for about 4 minutes, until the broccoli is bright green in color.  Add the cumin, salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.

Add the water or chicken stock, lower the heat and cover.  Cook for about 8 minutes, until the broccoli has been softened. and is just tender.

Here’s the tricky part.  We’re going to blend the soup.  Working in batches, transfer some of the soup liquid and broccoli to a blender.  Add half of the arugula leaves and blend until smooth.  Transfer to a bowl or another pot while you blend the second batch of soup with the rest of the arugula.  Return to a pot over a low flame, check to see if it needs more salt or pepper.  Throw in the juice of 1/2 a lemon and serve.

This soup also freezes well!

Broccoli and Arugula Soup

83 Comments Add A Comment

  • Sounds yummy!!! I LOVE arugula!!!

  • This sounds very yummy! I love the deep green color :)

  • So wholesome! Looking forward to winter so I can try this out.

  • So simple and delicious. I bet the arugula adds a nice spice to it.

  • This is a gorgeous soup! Broccoli soups are some of my very favorite soups.

    Laughing about the word hate. I was brought up not to say it either and I try to teach my children the same thing, but I find myself still saying it anyway, oh well!

  • You are certainly on a near vegan streak this month! which is great since it is Lent and I need all the vegan cooking tips I can get :)

    I’ll make sure to give this a try..

  • Ooh I need to try this, it sounds gorgeous! Yum! :)

  • This looks like just the ticket – I’ve been feeling a bit low on the vegetable intake recently, thank you. Goop is good, isn’t it? Who knew Gwyneth was kinda cool?

  • Ooh, what a nice way to eat broccoli.

    Soup is such a great meal, especially with homemade bread.I love the addition of sour cream too. Has to be done.

  • This looks delicious! One of my favorite soups is broccoli & cheese soup! I can only imagine how great the flavor of arugala is!

  • Jeggings RULE! A lifelong (or at least as much of my life as skinny jeans have been in style) hater of skinny jeans (they’ve always been too long on me…and tight…and not conducive to wearing post-a good dessert), I have finally found my way. I just bought a pair last week and I’m still walking around making people feel them: “They look like jeans, but they FEEL like leggings…see for yourself!” It’s a strange pursuit that is undoubtedly scaring anyone I encounter, but the invention ceases to amaze me.

    Enjoy the heck out of your jeggings and your yummy soup…

  • Oh, I love broccoli soup. We eat it here very often, the little ones enjoy it very much too. Nver tried it with aragula though. Sounds like a great idea for just a little more punch. thanks for the idea!

  • I’ll try this as soon as my patch of rocket is edible again. Nothing like young fresh rocket picked from your own garden (or pot, in my case).

    Also, an immersion blender is the best purchase you can do if you blend a lot of soups. Just stick it in the pot and blend ahead. It saves you the transferring to the blender, and handling hot hot hot liquids at incredible speeds.

  • This sounds yummy! Instead of transferring to a blender, can I just use an immersion blender inside the pot?

  • I was thinking about broccoli soup. Do you have any idea what can I replace arugula with?

    • I just used some mesculin salad mix instead of arugula.
      I have to join others in saying that I love this soup. I find myself craving it even.
      I do not have a full blender, just a small black & decker handy chopper and put the broccoli in in batches and it works fine.

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