The winter share has come to town and it was spectacular getting a gigantic box of veggies, lentils and fresh eggs. Of course I was very delighted to see the gorgeous broccoli sitting there on top of the heap. With it I made a creamy broccoli pasta (to be posted) and this dairy free creamy broccoli soup with fresh bay leaf. Bay leaf is such a special fragrant herb and fresh its even better. It really complemented the broccoli nicely.
This soup is so easy. I just sauteed some garlic and onions in olive oil with the bay leaf. Some peperoncino here is great. I added the broccoli and enough water to cover with some vegetable broth, then added some quartered red potatoes, skin on. I simmered until tender for about 20 minutes then pureed with the hand mixer, my hands-down favorite kitchen gadget. If you want to add some cream and butter, do it after you puree the soup, and some nice grated cheese would be great, too. But without the dairy, this soup is really creamy and delicious. Some hot chili oil to top this off would also be wonderful. Cheers! To broccoli!