This creamy soup gets its bright green color from broccoli and spinach and it richness from coconut milk. And you do not taste any coconut at all. The sausage adds protein and a crisp compliment to the soup. Serve with a side spinach salad. This soup is very thick. If want want it thinner, use a little more broth. For vegan or vegetarian diners, omit the chicken sausage.
1 tablespoonextra virgin olive oilplus 1 teaspoon
1smallonion finely chopped8 ounces
1 1/2poundsbagged broccoli florets
3cupslow sodium chicken or vegetable brothpreferably homemade
1cupcanned whole coconut milk
4handfuls raw baby spinach
3/4poundpre-cooked chicken-turkey sausage4 links
2tablespoonschopped chives or parsley for garnishoptional
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pot (4-5 quarts) over medium-low heat and cook the onion and celery until soft, 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped broccoli and the broth and bring to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid, reduce the heat to low and simmer until broccoli is very tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 20 minutes.
While the soup is simmering, brown the sausage. Slice links in half lengthwise, lay them flat on a cutting board and chop them into small pieces on the diagonal. Crisp sausages pieces in a non-stick pan over medium heat in 1 teaspoon olive oil until the edges are browned.
Place half of the broccoli, half of the coconut milk, and 2 handfuls of spinach into a blender and puree, starting with low speed and gradually increasing to high, with the lid on. Be careful when blending hot liquids. Blending the batch a half a a time is safer. Repeat with the other half and combine back into the pot and keep warm until serving time.
When serving, portion soup into bowls and top each bowl with crisped sausage pieces. Add chopped chives or parsley for garnish if desired.
You can use bundles of fresh broccoli as well. Cut the large, thick stems from the top florets part. Chop the stems small, as they are more fibrous and tough, then chop the florets roughly.
Recipe from Chef Sally Cameron of AFoodCentricLife.com