Food Monday ~ Broccoli & Almond Soup

I mentioned making soup the other day and Steph from The biopsy report asked if I had any interesting ideas. My favourite at the moment is Broccoli & Almond. It is one of my regulars at this time of year. I have been known to consume a pint of it with a couple of slices of my own wheaten bread for lunch. As my father used to say ‘It is good enough to put hair on your chest!’

Broccoli & Almond Soup
Serves 4

1 red Onion peeled & chopped
2tbsp Sunflower Oil
2 pints Chicken stock
2ozs ground Almonds
1 Bay Leaf
5 fluid oz’s single Cream
1 lb Broccoli florets Pepper & Salt
A dash of Vermouth or White Wine (optional)
(I use one bunch of broccoli florets and stalk chopped finely)

In microwave safe bowl cook onion for 45 seconds on High.

Add chopped broccoli, ground almonds and 6 oz’s of stock and cook for 12 min or until tender stir twice. In food processor with knife blade attached or blender process mixture until smooth. Return to the bowl add remainder of stock plus half the cream and season with salt & pepper. Cook covered on High for 4 min. Just before serving swirl in remaining cream and booze.

The recipe came to me for microwave cooking but I make the soup on the stove in the traditional way and think the flavour is better. At this stage I judge the weights etc by looking at them in the pot!


Making this soup for myself I leave out the cream and add extra liquid as I have problems with dairy products. You may wish to sweat the onions in butter.

I have the soup fresh the day I make it and freeze the remainder in portions suitable for one person ready to pull out on days when I don’t feel like cooking.


16 thoughts on “Food Monday ~ Broccoli & Almond Soup

  1. Deborah

    Wow Granny – thanks for the mention. I have to say this sounds so cool – I would never have thought to put broccoli and almonds together. My kids love broccoli and they love nuts, so I bet this would be a big and healthy hit. Will definitely give it a go! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Grannymar Post author

    Steph and Deborah you are both welcome.

    Deborah perhaps you will post a picture when you try it!

  3. chrisb

    I make a mean broccoli and cheese soup (or so I’m told) but I like the sound of this one so I’m going to try it . Coincidentally, I have all the ingredients to hand which is even better!

  4. steph

    Grannymar – your broccili and almond soup is very, very tasty!

    It took me until today to make it as I was waiting until I had a nice home-made chicken stock ready for use.

    The soup was really quick and easy to make. I cooked it on the hob, added dry sherry and cream and it turned out absolutely delicious 😀

    btw In the recipe, you don’t give any instructions about the bay leaf. I knew to take it out before liquidising the broccili but I suspect some people may welcome a reminder of this.

    Thanks anyway for another great recipe!

  5. Grannymar Post author

    Thank you Steph for keeping me right! I do things automatically and forget that others may not be aware that Bay Leaves are always removed when a dish is cooked.

    I think I need to employ a proof reader!

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