Broccolini-Spring Onion Soup Recipe
A fresh, healthy soup for lunch or dinner
In recent years, broccoli has shared shelf space with two other similarly named vegetables, Broccolini and broccoli raab. Broccolini is a hybrid of two different types of broccoli, appearing as small florets atop long, thin stems, all of which are edible except the largest, toughest stem ends. (Broccoli raab is actually a relative of the cabbage.) Here it makes a great partner with scallions, also known as spring onions, for a soup that is vibrant green in color and loaded with nutrients, for a healthy and delicious slurp.
- Place a large, heavy soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat and add the oil. When the oil is warm, add the scallions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the Broccolini and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 2 minutes more.
- Add the broth, salt, and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until the Broccolini is only just tender and still bright green, 15 to 18 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let cool, uncovered, for about 5 minutes.
- In batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor. (Hold the top of the blender firmly with a folded towel to prevent an explosion of hot soup.) Return to the soup to a clean pot and warm through gently over medium heat. Taste for seasoning.
- Ladle into warm bowls or tall mugs and garnish with a big dollop of sour cream, a few croutons, and the chives.
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