best broccoli soup

Soup is so easy with the right equipment – with a Kenwood food processor it is a breeze.


½ cup good quality olive oil

2 small onions

8 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2-3 rashers bacon, rind remove and chopped

40g chopped potato

1 litre quality vegetable or chicken stock

1 kg fresh broccoli (use stems if organic, remove them if not as they have little flavour)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp ground black pepper

fresh chervil

your favourite blue cheese crumbled


  1. Place olive oil in large heavy based saucepan. Chop your onions and garlic in the food processor. Saute over slow heat till translucent, but not coloured.  Do not rush this stage.  Add bacon and when cooked add potatoes and cook for a few minutes while stirring.  Add stock and cook till potatoes are tender.  Add broccoli and simmer until just tender – no more or you will lose the great green colour.  Puree in food processor and then season. Serve.


Cook’s Tips

  1. To serve crumble room temperature blue cheese onto the top of the hot soup and serve.  Chopped fresh chervil is delicious as well but if that is not possible – chopped fresh parsley works a treat!
  2. Soup always tastes better the next day – make ahead and if serving at a dinner party – use your beloved slow cooker – heat up soup prior to guests arrival and place in warmed slow cooker – keep on high with lid on and guests can help themselves.


Christchurch Event, July 2013