Happy Meatless Monday guys! Today MM recipe is Broccoli Soup with Cavolo Nero. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a MM recipe but hopefully that’ll change and I’ll be able to do it regularly. And I’ve got so new festive recipes just lack the time to post them and share them with you or at least I wish I could be able to post a few more but… working on that. 🙂
OK, so Broccoli Soup sounds pretty simple, right? But then some of you would probably wonder what Cavolo Nero is? At least, I was definitely wondering what that was when I first saw it in the shop but it definitely got my attention. 🙂 Well, let me tell you, I used it for the first time in this soup. I’ve never heard of it before. It’s only recently when I noticed it in the shops and I’ve been really curious about it.
So one day, I just grabbed a pack of it and decided to get familiar with it. 🙂 I thought it would taste good in the soup and I’m so glad I used it. Apparently it’s variety of kale, or Italian kale as I read. It’s got really rich and sweet flavour so it was perfect for my Broccoli Soup but it would be lovely in other meat and fish dishes, I’m sure. Also, I’d love to make a salad with it, probably will have to steam it first, for just a couple of minutes but I believe it would turn into lovely winter salad. And I love the dark green colour it’s got! 🙂 Now that I’ve met this variety of kale, I’ll definitely be using it more often. However, I don’t get to see it very often in the shop but I guess it’s in store in certain months only.
Anyway, here’s what you need for this heart-warming Broccoli Soup with Cavolo Nero.
- 2 medium broccoli
- 3-4 leaves Cavolo Nero
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 potatoes, cut in halves
- 150g mild Cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 cup double cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a pot, cover all the veggies with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until they’re soft enough.
- Season with salt and pepper, add the cream and cheese and blitz the mixture to a smooth and creamy consistency. If necessary add some water.
- If wished, serve with some extra cheese and cream on top. I definitely recommend that!
Tip: If you’d like to add more flavour and calories to this perfect soup, why not try adding some crispy bacon! 🙂 That would make it one of the best winter warmer recipes, wouldn’t it? 🙂