I invited the BBF on a day trip to the mountains — to pick apples, to picnic, to hike — and he obliged. He’s so good to me. (It’s probably because I feed him.)
I brought back two pecks of apples — 52 in all — enough to bombard you with apple dishes for the next two weeks or so. And I’ve picked out the following recipes: 3 sweet, 3 savory, 3 cocktails, homeade apple cider, apple butter, apple chips + a milkshake. BOOM.
It seems silly that I should be writing about soup right at this moment. Two days ago, when the weather was cooler and rainy, soup was a grand idea. But right now, I’m at the beach, it’s nearly 80 degrees, I’ve got the ceiling fan turned on high. But I’m eating a giant bowl of fall-flavored soup.
Broccoli Apple Soup
- 1 large head of broccoli
- 3 large apples I used Golden Delicious
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large onion diced
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- plain Greek yogurt to garnish
Cut the broccoli florets off the stalk and set aside. Cut the stalks into 1-inch pieces.
Core the apples and cut into 1-inch pieces.
In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and apple chunks. Saute about 6 minutes.
Add the broth and the broccoli stalks. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli florets to the soup and simmer for 5 more minutes.
Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with Greek yogurt.
Note: Immersion blender is officially added to my Kitchen Wish List. I’m sure I won’t make it until Christmas without one, so I’ll probably buy this baby for myself. My kitchen would be a heck of a lot cleaner right now if I hadn’t accidentally overfilled the food processor…
My rating: 4.5/5 stars. Kitchen aromas of onions and apples cooking on the stove, rising from the pot and wafting through the house? Spoonfuls of a creamy veggie soup that surprise you with a bright, tangy apple-y-ness? An afternoon in the kitchen that is simple and wholesome and healthy? Yes please.
The BBF’s rating: Yet to come. I leave the beach in two days and I’ll bring him a bowl. If there’s a bowl left. 🙂