Broccoli Soup Recipe // Quick, Cheap & Tasty

I’m a big fan of soup for chilly winter lunches and this Broccoli Soup recipe is super quick and easy to make. And because it uses broccoli stalks that would otherwise be thrown away it is also very cheap and will help you reduce food waste into the bargain!

Bowl of broccoli soup with an onion, potato and broccoli behind
Quick, cheap and tasty Broccoli Soup

You can make this soup using all fresh broccoli or you can do what I do and save your broccoli stalks in the freezer and use those. When ever we have broccoli (which is quite a lot as both my boys will eat it!) I keep the thick part of the stalk. I cut off the end and the outer skin near the bottom which can be quite tough. Then I chop it into large pieces and add it to a bag in the freezer. When I’ve collected 3 or 4 I have enough to make this tasty broccoli soup!

Frozen broccoli in a freezer bag on a wooden chopping board

Ingredients for Broccoli Soup

Serves 6-8

  • 1 onion
  • 1 tblsp sunflower or light olive oil
  • 1 white potato
  • Broccoli – either 3-4 stalks with one full head or 2-3 heads
  • Vegetable stock cube or Bouillon powder (Click here for the one I use – affiliate link)
  • Black pepper to taste

Method

1. Chop the onion

2. Heat the oil in a large pan for a minute, add the onion and saute with the lid on for a few minutes until soft

Chopped onion in a pan

3. Peel and cube the potato. It should be in fairly small pieces to cook in the same time as the broccoli.

Chopped potato on a wooden chopping board

4. Chop the fresh broccoli.

Chopped broccoli on a wooden board with a knife

5. Add the fresh and frozen broccoli to the pan along with the potato.

6. Cover the ingredients in the pan with boiling water, along with a vegetable stock cube or a heaped tablespoon of bouillon powder.

Hand holding bouillon powder pouring into a pan with broccoli in

7. Bring to the boil then turn down the heat and simmer for around 20 minutes or until the broccoli and potatoes are soft.

A large pan with vegetables in with steam over

8. Blend the soup until it is the desired consistency. You can add more water at this stage if your soup is too thick. I use a stick blender but you could put the soup in a liquidiser if you prefer.

A stick blender in a pan of broccoli soup

9. Add black pepper to taste and serve.

I like to serve this broccoli soup with a swirl of cream. It’s also super tasty with a few cubes of white cheese like Lancashire or Wensleydale crumbled into it.

Bowl of broccoli soup with an onion, potato and broccoli behind

If you try this soup I’d love to hear about it. Or let me know your other favourite soup recipes – do you know any others that use leftovers?

Quick, Cheap and Easy Broccoli soup made using broccoli stalks that would otherwise be thrown away

Broccoli Soup

A quick and easy Broccoli Soup recipe – save money and reduce waste by using leftover broccoli stalks.

Course Soup
Cuisine British
Keyword broccoli, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil sunflower or light olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 white potato
  • 3-4 broccoli stalks
  • 1 fresh broccoli
  • vegetable stock
  • black pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop the onion

  2. Add oil to pan then add onion and saute for 1 minute

  3. Peel and cube the potato

  4. Chop the fresh broccoli

  5. Add potato and broccoli to the onion in the pan

  6. Cover with boiling water and vegetable stock cube or bouillon powder

  7. Bring to the boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are soft

  8. Blend with a stick blender or in a liquidiser

  9. Add black pepper to taste and serve

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