Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Cheesy Green Broccoli Coconut Soup

 I couldn't live without soup, particularly during our Winter, which sadly is almost over, here in the North of Queensland.  Using Coconut oil to saute the vegetables brings a very subtle coconut flavour to the pot. It can consist of whatever left over or frozen vegetables you have in your refrigerator, as long as they are green. I am not generally pedantic about these things, but green it is. Just 6 cups of chopped green vegetables and you almost have a soup. Broccoli and zucchini are generally the star ingredients, and at the moment in our supermarkets broccoli  is under $3.00 a kilo, so I went for it and bought heaps of broccoli before the price goes up again. Now we also have a good stock of this in my freezer for those cold or rainy nights, or just those nights when cooking isn't on the agenda. Did I also mention that not only is it extremely healthy, it is also extremely delicious, particularly served with a slice of toasted rye sourdough bread.

1 onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee or butter
6 cups roughly chopped green vegetables , zucchini, broccoli, celery or whatever you have. (However, it works best with zucchini and broccoli.)
1 litre vegetable or chicken stock (homemade is best if you have it)
1 cup rocket or watercress (optional)
1 cup roughly chopped herbs, such as coriander, basil or flat-leaf parsley leaves
Pinch of salt
Juice of ½ to 1 lemon (Test the taste after adding juice from ½ a lemon and add more if required.)
½ cup crumbled sharp cheddar


Sauté the onion and garlic in the coconut oil in a large saucepan for a superior flavour. (if you are really in a hurry omit this step and just add to the rest of the vegetables, it will still taste great). Add the green vegetables to the onion and garlic and stir for a minute, then pour in the stock and bring to the boil.
Broccoli and zucchini are now recognised as being key vegetables for people suffering from high blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Without going into too much detail about it, broccoli is a rich source of Chromium, a mineral which helps to improve insulin action in pre-diabetes and control blood glucose, an important factor for everyone these days I think. Never has it been more important to keep healthy and boost our immune system. Green vegetable soup is also quite creamy when pureed, thanks to the texture and structure of the versatile zucchini. This soup makes it so easy to include broccoli in your family's diet in a very appetising way, and control weight as well. However, for some variety and to be economical, use up green leftovers and bits and pieces in your crisper by adding celery, beans, chives, eschallots, peas, spinach or silverbeet, a mix of herbs, or anything green and edible.

You can also add some tasty cheese to your bowl, and if that happens to be a blue cheese well so be it, it will take the whole experience to a new level.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Stir in the rocket, herbs and salt. (I have used basil, oregano and coriander and they are great in this soup.) The only disappointment with this soup is that it doesn't retain the colour of the beautiful green broccoli when it is cooked, but just becomes a very soupy colour. Never mind, all of the goodness is there.

Changing colour
Turn off the heat and puree until smooth using a stick blender, or pulse in a normal upright blender when it has cooled slightly.

Whisk in the lemon juice and stir through the cheese, or omit the cheese and top with a dollop of yoghurt or basil pesto. I like to garnish with lot of fresh and green herbs such as parsley.

Soup for a freezer stockpile
Serve it up hot my foodie friends and enjoy.

Thanks to Sarah Wilson for this recipe.

Best wishes,



  1. I am a soup person too. This cheesy green soup looks delightful.

    1. Thanks Angie, it's a powerhouse of deliciousness and goodness.

  2. hi pauline this sounds great but i would use olive oil not coconut. i just can't take the mouth feel of it:) i wonder a bit about it too, as i've read that it's not so good for you but who knows? foods go in and out of fashion so easily... i love broccoli and and zukes so - yay!

    1. Thanks for your comment Sherry, I don't think there is enough of the coconut oil in this to even know you are eating it, or to cause any harmful side effects, and I quite like the subtle coconut flavour for a change. Personal preferences I suppose. I generally always use olive oil as well.

  3. We love green soup. I take a chromium supplement every day to regulate my blood glucose levels.

    1. Thanks Tandy, gosh I've never thought of taking a chromium supplement, anyway this soup is delicious on a cold day.

  4. Such an amazing idea Pauline! I am so going to make this. I love broccoli soup, anytime I go to Panera I get broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl.

  5. Soup season is coming up on us rapidly, which is fine by me. What a great and tasty looking soup. I love the idea of using blue cheese. A must make soup indeed...

    1. Thanks Ron,this one makes a nice change to what I usually make, and is quite filling.

  6. Thank you for the recipe Pauline. I made this soup this afternoon and when DH arrived home from golf he remarked on the wonderful smell. And of course it was delicious when we tucked into it for dinner. By chance I had bluevein cheese in the fridge and I was also able to use a lot of our silver beet from the garden along with the other greens. The next soup Im going to make is your red lentil and ham soup.

    1. Oh Maria thank you so much for letting me know that you made this green soup and that you enjoyed it. That makes my day. I have a ham hock in the frig as well, so lentil and ham will be the next soup I make again as well. Just add more water or stock to the cooked soup until it is the consistency you like. Hope you are well.

  7. I made your soup and just love it. I used a lot of my home grown silverbeet so it was very green, and as I had no coconut oil I used olive oil and added some coconut milk for flavour. Love it, thanks so much for the recipe. Cheers, Jenny.

  8. Thanks so much Jenny, using the coconut milk is a great idea.


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