"Roasting the broccoli, bell peppers and shallots together adds a lovely caramelized flavor to the vegetables, which translates even better when pureed into a soup," says Sydney Kramer of The Crepes of Wrath. "Feel free to add any veggies to this soup, depending on what you have - even sweet potatoes, carrots or eggplant would be excellent additions!"

Ingredients

  • 1 large head broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 3 large shallots or 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • pinch smoked paprika
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk or heavy cream (optional)

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (if you like) and spread out the chopped broccoli, shallots and bell pepper, along with the peeled garlic. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, crushed red pepper, black pepper, cumin and paprika. Roast in your oven for 25-30 minutes, until slightly charred.

Step 2

Place the roasted vegetables in a food processor, working in batches if needed, and puree until smooth, adding about a cup of broth if needed. Place the soup in a large pot, add an additional 3 cups of broth and heat over medium-high heat. Taste, adjust seasonings as needed, and stir in a tablespoon or two of milk or cream, if desired. Serve warm.