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Naturally creamy-textured from the starchy goodness of peas, this blended Creamy #Vegan Broccoli, Basil and Pea Soup makes the most of the summer garden. But is also fabulous made with frozen. Endlessly adaptable, too.  #soup #healthyliving #recipe #broccoli

Naturally creamy-textured from the starchy goodness of peas, this blended Creamy Vegan Broccoli, Basil and Pea soup makes the most of the summer garden. But is also fabulous made with frozen. Endlessly adaptable, too.

Naturally creamy-textured from the starchy goodness of peas, this blended Creamy #Vegan Broccoli, Basil and Pea Soup makes the most of the summer garden. But is also fabulous made with frozen. Endlessly adaptable, too.  #soup #healthyliving #recipe #broccoliAfter an extended dry spell Scottish gardens have gratefully received much-needed rainfall. Buckets and rain butts of the stuff. It comes to something when a Scottish gardener is having to drag the watering hose out everyday to stop their garden from wilting. That’s just not normal. Today is sunny but cool – perfect for our crops. But is it selfish of me to want just a bit more rain? It can come overnight if it wants. 

Naturally creamy-textured from the starchy goodness of peas, this blended Creamy #Vegan Broccoli, Basil and Pea Soup makes the most of the summer garden. But is also fabulous made with frozen. Endlessly adaptable, too.  #soup #healthyliving #recipe #broccoliThe only problem with the recent rain is the recent growth spurt. Not just of stuff you want bursting through. No, it’s all the damn weeds. My green-fingered, retired neighbour Kath, with her neat-as-a-pin garden, has complained to me of the leaves blown in from last week’s storm. If only it were just leaves I need to clear away. I can barely see the edibles for all of the waving verdure. Brushing through the growth I have been harvesting basil, parsley, soft thyme and rosemary, kale, rocket, chard and broccoli. But it’s all getting a bit leggy and needs using before bolting away and setting flowers and seeds.

growing broccoli

garden broccoli – a bit overblown

Other than grabbing fistfuls and flinging it in my wok, I love to make soup with my garden excess.

This naturally creamy soup is a firm favourite in our house, and at work. I change it up according to what I have to hand – or don’t have. When basil isn’t seasonal I complement the natural flavours with bought pesto (no shame in that). In the dead of winter – or if I am making great vats of soup (it happens) – I often choose frozen. But right now, fresh is best, and cheap, and so good. If fresh isn’t so fresh where you are, please use frozen vegetables. Frozen is often as nutritious or even more nutritious than fresh, if “fresh” has been hanging around awhile. In fact, making this soup creamy are frozen peas. Always.

Fresh peas are treasured green pearls to me. I’d rather pop them straight in my mouth or onto a salad for a wonderful texture and sweet taste. I have sugar snap peas growing – or trying to grown in the thicket of sage and lovage that is threatening to swamp them. I can barely find them, to be honest. When they morph from tiny white flower to pinky sized pod, I will be out with my scissors. Or more likely pinch them from the vine and shove them straight into my mouth. None. I repeat none, have ever made it into a pot, much less freezer.

Come to think of it, I’m not sure Andrew even knows I grow sugar snap peas. Maybe I won’t clear away those weeds after all. 🙂

Naturally creamy-textured from the starchy goodness of peas, this blended Creamy #Vegan Broccoli, Basil and Pea Soup makes the most of the summer garden. But is also fabulous made with frozen. Endlessly adaptable, too.  #soup #healthyliving #recipe #broccoli

Creamy Vegan Broccoli, Basil and Pea Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Naturally creamy-textured from the starchy goodness of peas, this blended Creamy Vegan Broccoli, Basil and Pea soup makes the most of the summer garden. But is also fabulous made with frozen. Endlessly adaptable, too. xx

1 tbsp olive oil

1 lg onion, roughly chopped

2 medium, firm courgettes (large ones are watery and tasteless)
2 heads of broccoli, including the tender stems, roughly chopped
1.7 litres hot vegetable stock (I use Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon powder)
40g (2 supermarket packs) fresh basil
300g frozen peas
4 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional, but adds lovely umami depth)
Zest from 1/2 lemon plus the juice
freshly ground pepper, to taste

Method

Heat the oil in a large, covered saucepan over a low heat. Add the chopped onions and cook gently for about five minutes. Tip in the courgettes and broccoli, then cover with hot stock. Bring to the boil, then cover, reduce to simmer and continue to cook for 10 minutes.

Add in the peas and the basil and turn off the heat. Let the hot soup cook the peas – about five minutes – then blend with a hand blender or in a food processor/blender, adding the zest, lemon juice, pepper and nutritional yeast. I like it with a bit of texture, but blend until velvety-smooth if you like. This is wonderful with freshly baked Five-Seed No-Knead Bread, my Cheesy Wild Garlic Cornbread, or even with a handful of cooked quinoa or cooked rice added in.

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Naturally creamy-textured from the starchy goodness of peas, this blended Creamy #Vegan Broccoli, Basil and Pea Soup makes the most of the summer garden. But is also fabulous made with frozen. Endlessly adaptable, too.  #soup #healthyliving #recipe #broccoli

17 thoughts on “Super-Creamy (and Vegan) Broccoli, Basil and Pea Soup

  1. AmyW says:

    This recipe has just come along at the right time for me! As a nutritional therapy student I feel I really need to up my game when it comes to my lunches, and I’ve been looking for some more simple soup ideas – this looks perfect.
    I’m glad the sun has come back to Edinburgh today – I just wish it wasn’t so blustery! (never happy!)

  2. Mr A says:

    Now I know why we never have sugar snap peas!!! This is delicious and really comforting for a summer soup.

  3. Love it. Love soup. Love summer veg, this is a cracker, so clever to get that creaminess and also be vegan, thanks Kellie

  4. Awesome. Such nice colors, we really appreciate that! 😋

  5. Katie @ Whole Nourishment says:

    Oh man, this is my kind of soup. I do a broccoli cashew creamy soup and a steamed broccoli and zucchini puree, but I haven’t added peas and basil. This will be top of my list to make just as soon as our container arrives in July and I can dig out my stick blender!! Thanks for always motivating and inspiring, Kellie.

  6. i guess the peas bring in the creamy texture to the soup. very well done

  7. Anne Forrest says:

    Love it

  8. superfitbabe says:

    I love a simple soup with lots of delicious vegetables. Can’t think of a better way to sneak them into an easy and delicious meal!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks! I’ve just posted and even easier soup today. Cold – and could be raw – for the summer

  9. Looks so delicious and comforting. Great work Kellie (:

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Aw, thank you so much. I appreciate your support so much 🙂

  10. Debra says:

    This sounds exceptionally delicious to me, Kellie! I can’t wait to give this one a try!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Woohoo! I’m glad it caught your eye. I’ve just posted a cold soup for the upcoming heatwave here in Edinburgh 🙂

  11. Halal Food Gastronomy says:

    This looks so yummy

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks! I do hope you try it someday 🙂

  12. Shannon says:

    This looks amazing. ‘Fresh peas are treasured green pearls to me.’ Only frozen peas get cooked here; the fresh ones from the garden never even make it into the house!! Garden broccoli would bolt into flowers lickety-split, which is why I plant it for the bees in winter.

    Will give this one a go this weekend. Enjoy your summer, Kellie!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I’m so happy to hear from you, Shannon. Your kind and storylike comments are always a highlight, making me smile when I see your name pop into my inbox. I hope you and your family are very well. Let me know if this soup makes it onto your menu xx 😊😊

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