Broccoli and Winter Greens Soup


Here’s a few things that stress me out, because I’m sure you care.

1. Real Simple magazine.

Nothing about remembering to vacuum my refrigerator coils is really simple.  Unfortunately for everyone who will ever come to my house, I will never be one of those people who has a calendar entry for cleaning my baseboards or goes through a daily cleaning checklist (for real?!). Sometimes, I want to know what it feels like to be one of those people, but then I think: No, I just want to know what it feels like to kick those people in the shins.

2. The Wire.

How is a girl supposed to sleep after watching this show?! The Huz spends the whole hour assuring me its not real while I shout advice at the characters.

3. Getting enough greens.

If you haven’t seen Forks Over Knives, stop what you are doing right now and go watch it, then come back. I like to try to get in greens whenever I can, and hence this recipe was born. If you are a wimp about greens, then add another potato to this recipe and use spinach for the greens. If you like strong greens, use kale or chard. I used a mixture.

Broccoli and Winter Greens Soup, serves about 4, adapted from Power Foods

-1 quart vegetable broth
-2 cups water
-2 russet potatoes
-4 garlic cloves
-3 scallions
-1 head broccoli
-3 big handfuls of greens (I used a blend of spinach and swiss chard that I found, but spinach will be the most mild. If you love your greens, go for the bag of southern mixed greens they sell at Trader Joe’s)
-salt & pepper
-shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish


Pour the vegetable broth and water in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. While the broth is warming, do some prep work: Dice the potatoes, slice your scallions, and roughly chop the broccoli.


Add the diced potato, garlic, scallions and broccoli to the pot and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until potato and broccoli are soft.

Add the greens and cook for about 5 more minutes.

Puree, either in batches in a blender or using Stick Blendy Wendy.

For me soup is really just a vehicle to eat bread, so pair this with a piece of toasted whole wheat bread for dipping.

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4 thoughts on “Broccoli and Winter Greens Soup

  1. Yum! That looks like my kind of soup! And such a vibrant green…so nourishing and warm!

  2. Amy S. says:

    Your real simple comments are cracking me up – particularly since I have NEVER vacuumed my refrigerator coils. Love your recipes!

  3. Wendy says:

    Fantastic commentary, Molly. And I am totally making this soup. Yum!

  4. Johanna says:

    I love Real Simple. Do you want to kick me in the shins? Maybe sometimes. Although I def don’t deep clean. More just-the-surface-so-i-appear-organized kind of clean. 🙂 Oh yeah, and yum soup.

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