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Creamy Broccoli Rabe Soup with Quinoa


A spin on a traditional creamy broccoli soup, this recipe calls for broccoli rabe instead. Topped with crispy quinoa, this relatively guilt-free soup will leave you begging for more.


Creamy Broccoli Rabe Soup

  • 1 Bunch broccoli rabe, ends trimmed
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 Leeks, trimmed, white and light green parts sliced thin
  • 2 Large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 Tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 Medium potato or 2 small, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch chunks
  • 3 1/2 Cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened cultured non-dairy yogurt (preferably unsweetened cultured coconut yogurt), plus more for serving

Crispy Quinoa

  • 1 Cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste


Creamy Broccoli Rabe Soup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a bowl, toss together broccoli rabe, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste until broccoli rabe is evenly coated. Turn broccoli rabe out onto prepared pan and cook for 15-20 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. Set aside.

While broccoli rabe is roasting, sauté the leeks. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat, when pot is hot add the coconut oil and leeks; stir and cook until soft and translucent in color, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and coriander seeds, and stir for 30-40 seconds, until fragrant. Add the sliced potatoes, broth, ¾ teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; bring soup to a boil, cover, and turn heat down to a simmer. Cook soup until potatoes are tender and can be easily pierced with a sharp knife, about 15-20 minutes.

Add roasted broccoli rabe — reserving a few smaller pieces for serving — and yogurt; stir and simmer for another 2 minutes, turn heat off. Let soup cool for about 10 minutes before pureeing.

In batches, purée soup in a food processor or blender on high. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if needed. Return the soup to the pot and bring to a boil. Serve soup and top with crispy quinoa, an extra dollop of yogurt, and extra pieces of roasted broccoli rabe.

Crispy Quinoa

To crisp the quinoa, heat 3 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Once the skillet is hot, add the quinoa and a couple pinches of salt; cook until crisp and golden. You will hear the quinoa pop and see it brown a bit when it’s ready, about 8-10 minutes. (If you notice the quinoa sticking or burning in places, add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil.) Remove from heat and place in a clean bowl; set aside.