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40 Easy Dinner Ideas

40 easy dinner ideas

5 from 6 reviews

This Creamy Broccoli Pesto Soup is one of our favorite easy dinner ideas! Serve it up with crusty bread and it’s a meal. Vegan adaptable.

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 lbs broccoli, use the stems too!
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter, or ghee)
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 46 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 3 cups veggie broth or chicken stock, divided ( or use water and 2-3 teaspoons- Better than Boullion)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or cashew milk, whole milk or half and half)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream-feel free to use vegan, or a splash of heavy cream), more to taste.

Garnish: Pesto (store-bought, Homemade Pesto, or Arugula pesto), Parmesan Crisps, Vegan Cheesy Sprinkle

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the broccoli stems and break apart the florets into very small pieces. Chop the onion and garlic.
  2. In a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt, until golden and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli stems, and pour in the stock or broth and bring to boil. Cover, lower heat, and simmer gently 3-4 minutes.
  4. Place the broccoli florets over the top. Don’t mix them in. Cover, and simmer gently, allowing the florets to steam, until fork-tender, about 5 minutes. You want them tender enough to blend but not overly cooked or you’ll lose that vibrant color.
  5. Turn the heat off. Blend in two batches (I found using a blender was better here, my immersion blender did not work as well) adding half of the almond milk to each batch, along with the basil. Blend until smooth. Add a handful of spinach for richer color if you like.
  6. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the yogurt or sour cream or even a splash of heavy cream. Gently warm the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve with a swirl of pesto, crusty bread, or Parmesan crips. Enjoy!

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