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Quick Creamy Broccoli Soup


Broccoli is at its peak from October through April -- that's the best time to puree it in a soup like this one.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, March 2004


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, florets separated, stems peeled and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onion, and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add nutmeg; cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.

  2. Stir in broth, 1 1/2 cups water, oats, and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Puree soup in batches, filling blender halfway. Return to pot. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • felidea94
    12 FEB, 2015
    love this recipe, i added a grated garlic clove and instead of chicken broth i used meat broth because i didn't have any . I think this recipe can perfectly serve 5 persons. Perfect winter soup
  • Rose Harris
    10 NOV, 2012
    I first made this soup a couple of years ago. Both my boys love it! I use it as a sauce for pasta as well. Perhaps the other people used too many oats. Big thumbs up from my 3year old and my 7 year old!
  • cheekitty
    14 JAN, 2012
    This recipe was awful. I added two blocks of cheddar cheese and still all it tasted like was oats!
  • cheekitty
    14 JAN, 2012
    This recipe was awful. I added two blocks of cheddar cheese and still all it tasted like was oats!
  • Moxie3314
    13 DEC, 2011
    I went to make this last night and was unable to find the nutmeg so to give it some flavor I added minced garlic, paprika, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Turned out delicious! My boyfriend, who doesn't care for broccoli, enjoyed it because it had a bit of a kick to it. I also added shredded carrots that I had for the salad with had with the meal. Thought it added a nice color to the soup.
  • Walli
    3 JUL, 2011
    I cooked it the other day, and even my fussy brother liked it
  • Anarie
    19 JAN, 2011
    Wow, I'm really surprised at how well this turned out! Frankly, I didn't expect to like it. But the oatmeal really does work as a thickener and gives the soup a nice color. It's very mild, so there needs to be some spice or strong flavors in the rest of the meal. Overall, though, it's quick, nutritious, and pleasant.
  • LindaEM
    12 JAN, 2011
    I made this soup last night and it was delicious. I did sprinkle a little bit of shredded cheese on top before I ate it.
  • Smoothis
    19 MAY, 2010
    The soup was great. I think I would add a bit less liquid next time to make it a bit thicker. Also, diets don't work. Only a change in lifestyle will help you to lose weight and keep it off - and restricting broccoli and onions (the only two things on this ingredient list that likely won't come with nutrition labels) is not a recipe for a healthy lifestyle.
  • ehguy11
    2 JAN, 2010
    Change out the chicken broth for vegetable broth and you have a vegan soup! Easy and delicious! You can't beat creaminess without the cream!!