This smooth and creamy broccoli pistachio soup is an easy and delicious way to load up on antioxidants and vitamin C. Great as a quick, warming lunch or as a starter course.
This post is sponsored by Vitamix. All opinions are my own.
Do you like to talk about the weather?
If so, you are probably English or have lived in the UK for long enough. I've lived in London for twenty years now and I talk about the weather all the time. At length and with anyone, be it friend or stranger.
London weather is fascinating, you see. In the summer it's always too cold. We have our cappuccinos outside anyways, shifting uncomfortably in our seat, discussing our blight with delight. Temperatures might get perfect... for around a day. The whole town descends on supermarkets instantly to buy sausages for their impromptu BBQs, broadcasting how wonderful life is when the sun is shining. And then it's too hot! Which is perfect, too - 45 degrees Celsius in the Tube is a brilliant conversation starter.
Rain is a chapter all on its own.
Oh, how we love talking about rain in England. Rain is like a good friend who pops in unannounced and then gets so comfy that he stays for a week. Not that this is a problem. On the contrary! If you live in England, you take pride in your assortment of umbrellas and see the jolly side of things.
The golden rule of becoming a true Brit is to never complain. Rain is good for the plants and the ducks. It washes away the smog and dirt. Isn't the air so lovely and clean today, love? Isn't it fun to jump into puddles with your brand new welly boots, darling?
It's November now, and after unusually warm temperatures (and very little rain, I'd like to add) it's now finally getting chilly. Do you know what this means? Friends, it's time for soup! Soup is wonderful. It's easy to make, comforting and warming without any hard work (= chewing), it freezes well and is a great way of getting vegetables in you (minerals! vitamins!). Soup is like weather without the bad bits.
My current favourite is this pistachio broccoli soup, blended to glorious smoothness in my brand spanking new Vitamix blender.
When the lovely people from Vitamix offered to send me their top-of-the-range blender, I was very pleased indeed. I have talked about my previous food processor before, which did the job, but needed to be handled with care. It never quite managed nut butter and had to be taken apart to be cleaned, which, for a clumsy person like me, meant regularly cutting my hands on sharp blades.
This Vitamix, friends, is a BEAST. When I turned it on high for the first time I thought it might eat the food and leave nothing for me. It feels really solid, is incredibly powerful and blends everything to velvety perfection. It is so well made that it does not go off like a mini nuke when you turn it on, splattering food everywhere.
Everything stays exactly where it should and gets faultlessly processed. On top of of that, the blender has a self-cleaning program. Heaven! I don't know about you, but anything that helps me with cleaning up is my new best friend.
One of the classic ways to make broccoli soup is with Stilton or another blue cheese. Whilst that combo tastes amazing on occasion, it is not something I feel like eating on a weekly basis. Broccoli pistachio soup, on the other hand, is definitely not a Marmite love/hate scenario.
It got the thumbs up with this whole family and I can disclose right here and now that I could happily eat it for the rest of the month.
Broccoli pistachio soup is
- pleasingly mild
- easy and quick to make
- comforting and warming
- creamy and velvety thanks to the pistachios
- packed with vitamin C and folate (naturally occurring folic acid) thanks to the broccoli
- full of good fats and protein
- great for freezing
- perfect as an easy lunch option or as an elegant starter to a meal.
If you like comfort in a bowl, you must also check out this divine Keto roast chicken soup!
Now let me ask you a really important question: What's the weather like where you are?
Here are some more recipes with broccoli for you to try:
- Broccoli Fritters (Dairy Free And Cheese Option)
- Keto Cauliflower And Broccoli Mac and Cheese
- Oven Roasted Broccoli Heads With Halloumi
Broccoli Pistachio Soupfrom Sugar Free Londoner
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- 1 head / 300g broccoli broken into florets, stem chopped
- 600 ml chicken stock
- 3 spring onions scallions or 1 small onion, chopped
- 30 g / ¼ cup pistachios
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- creme fraiche to decorate
- sea salt and pepper
- Fry the onion/spring onions and chopped garlic in olive oil over a low heat until tender and sweet, but not browned - ca 7 minutes. I keep the lid on the pan and stir occasionally to make sure all is in order.
- Boil water and make the chicken stock with a good quality stock cube. You can use vegetable stock as well for a vegan option, though I find using chicken stock gives a richer taste. Put the pistachios inside so they can soften.
- Steam the broccoli (5 minutes). If you do not have a steamer, fill a pot with 1-2 cm of water and put the broccoli in once it boils. This way, the majority of the broccoli will be steamed once the lid is on.
- Set aside a couple of small florets for decorating if you wish.
- Blend until smooth in a blender/food processor (this was the first job of my Vitamix - I have never tasted soup this smooth!) or use a good old stick blender.
- Season to taste with salt (if needed) and pepper.
- Decorate with a swirl of creme fraiche, a little broccoli floret and some pistachios.
Such a lovely little soup. There are so many good things about it, only one of which is that it is so easy to scale down to make a serving for just one. Great way to use up the half a head of broccoli in the frig.
So many broccoli soups have so little broccoli flavor.....too often covered up with loads of heavy cream or cheese. This one lets the flavor of the broccoli shine through.
I did tweak it just a bit to suit my taste....added a splash of white wine and a couple pinches of tarragon, and I thought it was pretty terrific.
Finished with the creme fraiche stand in (sour cream thinned with HWC), and topped with keto croutons (crumbled pork rinds).
I was looking for new soup recipes since my 85 year old mother has decided that is what she wants to eat most of the time, and have also been interested in vegan recipes,I never would have thought of this, but just recently bought a vitamix and this looked like a perfect recipe to try for all 3 reasons!!! Ps as to weather, i live in the pacific northwest part of the US and we all talk about the weather all the time to anyone,as well.The rule of thumb here is that if you dont like the weather,wait 15 minutes and it will be different- it can be rainy ,windy ,sunny warm,hail,cloudy all in one day so we love the variety and guessing what and when the next change will be 🙂
noline @ EssentialKeto
I'll have to go to the shop and get some Pistachios to make this soup. I love broccoli and this combination sounds divine. My trusted NutriBullet may not render such a smooth finish, but it will still be delicious. Thanks 🙂
That's great! If you soak the pistachios a bit, they become really soft and you'll get amazing results even with a stick blender. They will surely become silky-smooth with a NutriBullet 🙂