Friday, August 7, 2009

Lemon and broccolini soup

Lemon and broccolini soup / Sopa de brócolis e limão siciliano

Girls, thank you for all the haircut suggestions – I’m so glad you shared your thoughts with me! I’ll let you know when I make up my mind. :D

Because you are so sweet and dear to me, I’m offering you this soup: I could be offering you cookies or something with chocolate – I’d like that a lot more - but I want you to be healthy and strong. So soup it is. :D

Lemon and broccolini soup / Sopa de brócolis e limão siciliano

Lemon and broccolini soup
slightly adapted from Donna Hay magazine

2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
½ tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed*
400g broccolini, coarsely chopped
4 cups (960ml) vegetable stock
100g spinach leaves
1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper
sour cream or crème fraîche, to serve

Heat a deep, medium saucepan over high heat. Add the butter, olive oil, onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender. Add the broccolini and cook for another minute. Add the stock, bring to the boil and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the broccolini is tender. Add the spinach and cook for a further 1-2 minutes. Pour mixture into a blender or use an immersion (hand-held) blender to blend the soup until smooth - be careful because you are dealing with hot liquid; keep the end of the blender immersed in the soup all the time to stop the liquid from spilling. Stir in the cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Ladle into bowl, top with about 1 tablespoon sour cream/crème fraîche, sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper over and serve.

* I used garlic infused olive oil and omitted the garlic cloves

Serves 4


Valerie Gamine said...

You seem to love citrus as much as I do! This looks so tantalizing, I wish I could scoop some up with a large spoon through the screen. :)

I just read you post about being indecisive. I can relate. It can be hard to pick a recipe. Sometimes it is better to just bake 2 things. Also, A pixie haircut is always a great option. It's so easy and perfect for warm weather. :)

Snooky doodle said...

What a nice recipe! It looks so good and so creamy!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, Patricia, I love this soup. Brocoolini and creme fraiche? That sounds heavenly to me.

Manggy said...

Yes yes, I'm aware of the benefits of vegetables ;) I love this healthful and flavorful soup-- a welcome treat on a rainy day such as this one! :)

ChichaJo said...

This sounds both healthy and delicious! :) Would love a cup...let me know what you do with your hair :) I chopped mine off after so long of having it long but continually pulling it the freedom of it now :)

Emily said...

I love soups. They're so good and filling. I would love to try broccolini. It's not available here. Looks delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Valerina, I love citrus - you'll always find recipes with oranges, limes and lemons around here. :D
I love pixie cuts, but am too much of a coward to try one...

Natalie, very creamy, darling! Tks!

Susan, I'm so glad you like it, dearie! Tks!

Mark, veggies are good! :D

Joey, you've said it all - freedom! :D
And I'll let you know about the hair, maybe I'll post a photo here. :D

Emily, I love soups too, darling - and the original recipe called for broccoli, you can try it, too.

From Scratch said...

You always have the most lovely photos.

Lizzie said...

oh man this look so good! and i bet it would be really tasty served cold too.

The Urban Baker said...

your photos are great. what lens are you using?

Patricia Scarpin said...

Melanie, thank you!
You are far too kind.

Lizzie, I think you are right! :D

Susan, thank you. I use the 18-55mm lens that came with the camera (Nikon D40).

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