yesterday i made a pureed soup in preparation for oral surgery. today, i love myself for making said soup. all i've managed to spoon into my numb mouth is my favorite kind of icelandic yogurt, a bowl of luke warm soup, and some coconut ice cream. as someone who typically eats three hearty meals a day plus snacks, i feel like i would have wasted away had it not been for this soup. i considered doing another three day smoothie cleanse, but when you feel like crap, sometimes you just need some comfort food. like this soup.
soup of broccoli, gruyere & mustard greens ~ makes 4-6
1 yellow onion`
3 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic
1 pound broccoli
1 small bunch mustard greens
5 oz gruyere cheese, grated
4 cups vegetable broth (i used home made chicken stock)
salt & pepper to taste
start with your onion, roughly chopped and tossed in a soup pot with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. saute over medium-low heat, stirring every minute or so until carmalized (about 10 minutes). in the mean time, mince your garlic and cut the head of broccoli into little floretes. once onions have cooked down, add garlic and broccoli to the pot, stir and cook for 5 more minutes. finally, add the broth, cover and reduce temperature to low. wash the mustard greens, removing the thickest parts of the stalk. tear the greens into bits and add to the soup. continue cooking until the broccoli starts to fall apart. add a good amount of salt and fresh cracked pepper and remove from heat.
either using an emersion blender or stand blender (in batches), puree soup to desired consistency. i wanted mine fairly over pureed, but you could leave yours a bit chunkier. return soup mixture back to soup pot, add grated gruyere cheese and stir over medium-low heat until all cheese has melted. add any additional salt or pepper if desired.
ideally, you'd serve this soup with a good crusty bread and maybe some extra slices of gruyere... or even a grilled cheese sandwich with gruyere! ugh, i'm drooling. oh no, that's just the numbing medication and codeine. but i promise, this soup will make you drool too.