This Broccoli Parmesan Chicken Soup is a quick cooking and vibrant soup recipe that the whole family will love. It’s a cozy (and healthy!) one pot meal ready in 30 minutes.
Cold, wet, nasty weather calls for warm cozy cheesy soup, am I right? This soup hits the spot whether you’re experiencing torrential rains like we are here in Southern California, or sub zero temps in other parts of the country. What I love about this particular recipe is that it comes together super quickly, in under 30 minutes. That means that nothing gets over cooked ~ the broccoli and spinach stay vibrant and full of flavor. It hits that sweet spot where comforting and healthy meet.
If you could see the trunk that sits next to my side of the bed, you’d crack a smile. It’s littered with magazines and cookbooks, most of them propped open, with torn pages scattered all over the place. The problem is that the more I bookmark and tear out, the more gets buried in a landfill of recipes…never to be seen again. But every once in a while when I get up in the morning, something will catch my eye and I’ll grab it as I go off to work (i.e. the few steps to my office.) The other day it was this beautiful broccoli soup, I couldn’t let it languish there, it was calling to me. It’s from December’s Good Housekeeping.
Cozy soups that don’t take too long to put together (30 minutes or less!) are a favorite of mine…
- Italian Sausage and Bean Soup ~ I use a special method with this and other soups that have a lot of fresh veggies in them…after I add the cut veggies I bring the soup to a boil, then turn off the heat, cover, and let it sit for 30 minutes. This allows the veggies to cook just to an al dente stage. When I cook soup this way the veggies stay firm for days of leftovers. It’s a great trick!
- Not Your Grandma’s Chicken Soup ~ super colorful veggies make this brothy soup so cheery, and a bright green basil pistou brightens it up even more.
- Finnish Salmon Soup ~ this is a gorgeous Scandinavian inspired meal with a light milky fish broth and plenty of chunky potatoes, carrots, and salmon.
- Irish Leek and Potato Soup ~ an Irish classic, this soup has a lovely green color and silky texture.
Broccoli Parmesan Chicken Soup
- 2 heads of broccoli, or broccoli crowns
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- 32 ounce carton of chicken broth
- 3 large handfuls of baby spinach
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, you could substitute sharp white cheddar
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 cooked chicken breast, I used a rotisserie chicken shredded
- Set a pot of water to boil on the stove for blanching the broccoli. Meanwhile cut the broccoli into small florets, and thinly slice the tender, upper stems.
- Heat the oil in a large soup pot and sauté the stems, onion and garlic for about 8 minutes, stirring often.
- Plunge the florets into the pot of boiling water for about 30-45 seconds, then immediately drain and rinse briefly with cold water before proceeding with the recipe. I love how it sets the bright green of the broccoli.
- Add the chicken broth to the soup pot, and bring up to a simmer. Add the broccoli florets (reserving about 2 cups for garnish) along with the spinach. Bring the soup back to a boil, then gently simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the cheese and lemon juice.
- Puree the soup, in batches, in a food processor. You can also use an immersion blender, but it will take longer.
- Return the soup to the pot, add the cream, and bring up to a simmer, then taste to adjust the salt or add extra cheese if you like.
- Ladle the soup into bowls garnished with the reserved broccoli florets and shredded chicken. Give each bowl a shower or Parmesan cheese and fresh cracked black pepper and dig in.
notes and variations
Serving suggestions ~
Serve your soup with a crusty artisan loaf from the supermarket, or a simple homemade bread. Something easy like Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread or Crusty Anadama Rolls, or my Quick Whole Grain Oat Rolls would be great.
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