Warming up: Broccoli soup

Broccoli soup

2 Servings 

Here we are again! Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away and there are so many things to do if you have the blessing/curse to wear the hostess’s apron! 😉

As most of you may know, Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Italy, so we do not have a traditional menu. All our Thanksgiving “knowledge” comes from reading books and magazines as well as partaking in a few Thanksgiving dinners we have been invited to over the past years.

This year, Stefano and I will have a good number of guests over and nobody in the party, but her majesty and the daughter of another couple, was born in this country. Needless to say, each of us is trying to bring to the table their own ideas of what an American Thanksgiving dinner should look like with, of course, a twist from their own country. 😉 So far, all we have been able to agree upon is that there will be the gobble, gobble bird, some mashed potatoes and some Brussels sprouts. 🙂

Broccoli soupSince I’m the hostess, I have already announced to the guests that the appetizers will be 100% Italian (sorry, but I had to draw the line somewhere… unless any of you tells me that there is a must-have American appetizer that can’t be missed 🙂 ) and the appetizers will be followed by a soup.

The broccoli soup I’m sharing with you today might just do the trick. This soup is a no-brainer and anyone can make it. It’s good, healthy and is the perfect candidate for every night of the cold and long winter we have ahead of us! We’ll see if this soup makes it all the way to our Thanksgiving table – it is facing competition from the pumpkin soup, the recipe for which I published a while ago (if you are interested, you can check it out on this post)… 🙂


12 oz, broccoli florets
4 potatoes
1/3 cup, chopped onion
1 ½ Tbsp, butter
1 ½ Tbsp, flour
3 cups, beef stock
1/4 cup, grated Parmigiano cheese
1 Tbsp, extravirgin olive oil
Ground black pepper


Cut the potatoes off into bits.

In a non-stick large pot, put the butter and the onion and cook until the onion softens.

Add the broccoli florets, the potato bits, some salt and pepper (to taste) and toss to coat.

Add the flour and toss to coat.

Add the stock and keep cooking, stirring often, for about 30 minutes. Eventually, the broccoli and the potatoes will turn mushy and the stock will almost completely evaporate.

Transfer the soup to a food processor and blend until it is smooth and creamy.

Return the soup to the pot and, on low heat, cook for a few minutes, stirring often.

Pour the soup into two servings, pour some olive oil on top of each, season with black pepper and finish it up by dusting the plate with some grated parmigiano.

Broccoli soup

PS: We like everything about Thanksgiving: its meaning, the fact that it is a family holiday, its traditions. Of course, we cannot say that it brings up childhood memories for me or Stefano, but her majesty has been blessed with being a citizen of two wonderful countries and we are trying to raise her according to both traditions. So, we have decided to go the whole nine yards with this year’s Thanksgiving celebration. Therefore, if you feel like suggesting a decoration, a dish or a drink that should definitely be on our table that day, we are all ears! 🙂


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51 Responses to Warming up: Broccoli soup

  1. Delicious. Broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables and it makes a wonderful soup. Enjoy Thanksgiving!

  2. chef mimi says:

    I love those tureens!

  3. Darya says:

    Yum. Broccoli soup sounds like a delicious first course for a Thanksgiving meal! And I love those soup tureens shaped like pumkins! So pretty! I love Thanksgiving; I was born in the US, but grew up in France, but it is the one American feast I wouldn’t miss for anything in the world!

  4. Thanksgiving doesn`t mean anything to me as a German and for Hanne as Norwegian neither and, of course, Siri and Selma don`t know from their fairy world such christian festivals as Thanksgiving. But we LOVE Broccoli and thank a lot for this recipe as we really like soups. Now with Dina, Siri and Selma being here, we will try it out.
    With big Hugs from all of us
    Klausbernd and Dina, Siri and Selma

    • Francesca says:

      I hear you, Klausbernd! But believe me, it is such a lovely holiday. 🙂
      Anyway, I’m glad I made something that you and Dina might like. Hope you enjoy it.
      Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂
      F. Xx

      • Dear Francesca,

        the soup was yummy :-):-):-) Thanks for the recipe.
        And now is a lot of Broccoli around.

        Instead of Thanksgiving we have the beginning of the fifth season – the carnival season – traditionally at the 11.11. at 11h11. This is big holiday especially in the Rhineland but in Bavaia as well – and nowadays all over Germany.
        The tradional meal of this day is goose. That`s because of St.Martin (it`s his day as well) and there is a connection of Martin to geese, but I can`t remember what it was.

        Kb xx

  5. Map of Time says:

    Mmm! Sounds like a delectable Thanksgiving dinner. And of course being a person with a great love for broccoli soup I’m going to be giving this recipe a go very soon.

  6. First of all let me say that you manage to make broccoli soup look absolutely delicious and appetizing! It was never one of my favorite recipes that my mom would make growing up, but I could easily be persuaded to try yours out! I hope that you have a lovely Thanksgiving dinner! Matt and I are planning to cook our first dinner and are getting excited making our menu. One traditional dish that our family makes is sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top. It’s one of my favorites!

    • Francesca says:

      Thank you so much, Heather! I truly believe that we eat with our eyes as much as with our mouth so for me presentation is always an important part of the equation. 🙂
      Best of luck for your first Thankgiving “event”. I have no doubt that it will be a great feast and everything will look and be delicious.
      So: this sweet potato casserole with marshmallows is not legend!!! I’ll look into it. Thank you, Heather! 🙂

  7. – Other than our children, non of my family members are US born either. It did not take very long for us to fall in love with Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Mainly because it is celebrated by all the people in the USA, regardless of their religion, race or ethnic background, with the theme of gratefulness. Many celebrate in their own way with what is celebratory practices. One thing definitely in common is, we all gather to eat. 😀
    – I already see, celebratory mood is in your home. Your guests may be delighted that they are going to experience a creative Feast. This broccoli soup to start with? Absolutely divine! 😛

    • Francesca says:

      Thank you, Fae! 🙂 Very well said! I can totally relate.
      This year is extraspecial for me. My cousin and her husband just moved to Washington DC so they will join us for the holiday celebration. Having part of my original family at our table is such a gift! Never happened before! 🙂

  8. Your broccoli soup looks yummy and great for busy cold weeknights! 🙂

  9. Hi Francesca,

    First, may I wish you Stefano and ‘her majesty’ (in advance) a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am sure your lucky guests will have delicious food and some very nice accompanying wines. This broccoli soup sounds yum and I have decided to make it, it sounds so full of goodness and I love the idea of sprinkling Parmesan cheese on top. 😉

    Lots of luck with the food preparation.

    Good wishes B x

    • Francesca says:

      Thank you so much, dear B! Stefano is already driving me crazy with the wine selection. He wants to know exactly what’s on the menu … doesn’t he know that inspiration comes and goes? 😉

      F. Xx

  10. The soup looks wonderful…and don’t worry about traditions, they shouldn’t imprison us…we are always making up our own and picking the best little bits and pieces to carry along. Traditions should bring a warm feeling of maybe pleasant memories.

    • Francesca says:

      Thank you! 🙂 I couldn’t agree more. Every family ends up having their own traditions, some wonderful, some weird … each unique in its own way! 😉

      • Hi Francesca,
        I made a version of this soup on Saturday and it was delicious. As my broadband was down temporarily I couldn’t check the recipe but I have just re-read it and discovered I left out the roux. It was ok without it and I suspect the potatoes helped thicken the soup. Next time, I will include the roux. 😉 Bxx

      • Francesca says:

        Thank you, B.! So glad you liked it! 🙂 Sure, the roux helps but it doesn’t matter if you left it out. That’s the beauty of a savory dish: you don’t need exact quantities … just a “trace of ingredients” and you can adjust the recipe to your taste. 😉
        F. Xx

  11. Love the soup! Enjoy Thanksgiving – it’s a great American invention 🙂

    • Francesca says:

      Thanks Gabi! Same to you and your family! I’m studying and working a lot right now but, hopefully, I will be able to see you and the rest of the “French gang” very soon. 🙂

  12. mmmarzipan says:

    Sounds and looks divine! Could eat some now! (and its 1am :P)

  13. Broccoli soup is one of my favorites, the soup looks delicious and your presentation is gorgeous (Stefano’s photo’s are amazing as always) Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday I am already excited, have a wonderful holiday, the food will be amazing!

  14. Francesca says:

    Yeah … he is not bad! 😉 Thank you so much, Suzanne! I can totally picture you with your hostess’s apron on. I’m pretty sure Thanksgiving at your house is “the event of the season”. Wish I was a fly … 😉
    PS: Congratulations again for your success. You totally deserved it! One more thing to be thankful for. Yay! 🙂

  15. Francesca, If you want to learn about about Thanksgiving quickly, please take a moment or two to read my post from last year:


    EVERYONE celebrated Thanksgiving here; we all enjoy each other , eat and have fun….my mother was Italian, so I know you can relate to all of that!

    As for must-haves for Thanksgiving, anything corn, (including corn meal; you can make polenta!),cranberry, pumpkin, sweet potato will do.Pies of Apple, pumpkin and pecan are traditional.

  16. We don’t have Thanksgiving in England but I love the sound of your soup.

  17. Gifts A GoGo says:

    Looks and sounds wonderful!

  18. Sofia says:

    Looks very delicious and so, so beautiful shots!

  19. Francesca says:

    Thank you so so much, Sofia! 🙂

  20. mmm what a lovely soup and what nice dishes !

  21. So much healthier than the usual broccoli cream/cheese soup. And in my opinion, tastier, when it tastes like broccoli, not flour-paste and cheddar! I make soup at least once a week, and this one is coming up next…

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you–I hope you have a fabulous party.

    P.S. As the official arbiter of what’s correct for Thanksgiving, I condone the Italian appetizers.

  22. What a coincidence I was just today rambling about broccoli cream soup to my boyfriend, told him I’ll make just 1 portion for myself (he is not a big fan), he said oh its okay you can make 2 portions, you can eat it for lunch and dinner 🙂 cute, isn’t he? Haha! Thanks for sharing, I was yet to find a recipe!!

  23. Fig & Quince says:

    As fresh-off-the-plane immigrants, Thanksgiving was the holiday we embraced right quick and it remains my absolute favorite American holiday. I’m with you, I can’t believe it’s right around the corner. Where does time go??? Anyway, your soup tureens are adorable ( so cute!!!) and your party will be amazing, I am sure. Your lucky lucky guests. (Your mention of “her majesty” had me chuckling to no end, ha ha) and the soup looks awesome! Kind of makes me dive inside.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & Stefano and HRH! 😉

  24. Francesca says:

    Thank you, Azita! You are so kind. 🙂
    What about you? A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a Persian twist?
    I wish you and you family a super happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  25. laurasmess says:

    This looks so delicious Francesca!!! I am a huge fan of creamy soups but I’ve never actually made a broccoli version. The consistency and those golden croutons are completely moreish! We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but I do think it’s a wonderful tradition. I hope that you, Stefano and the family have a beautiful Thanksgiving season. Thanks for the wonderful recipe, love your food styling too! xxx

  26. Looks delicious, Francesca. And those photos are gorgeous, Stefano.

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