Broccoli spinach soup with cilantro croutons

This Broccoli Spinach Soup, isn't any soup. It's a perfect bowl, of creamy soup made with the broccoli and the most fresh spinach leaves.
But wait, there's a sidekick that takes it all to the next level – homemade Cilantro Croutons. Picture this: chunks of crusty bread tossed with a hint of garlic, all crisped up to golden perfection, then sprinkled with fresh cilantro and lime zest. They're not just croutons; they're little crunchy treasures that add a kick of fun and flavor to every bite.
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About this recipe

In this post, you’ll find my recipe for my favorite vegan broccoli soup, spinach broccoli soup with cilantro croutons. It’s a vegan, creamy, easy-to-prepare, super healthy dish the whole family loves.

As a child, I must admit that I didn’t like soups at all. My mom would often serve them for lunch or dinner, but I always dreaded them, especially the brothy ones. I could eat vegetable creams, but the broths were never my cup of tea.

However, my attitude towards soups changed dramatically when I started cooking for myself. I discovered that I loved making vegan soups packed with antioxidants and vitamins. And, of course, topping them with crunchy croutons and other tasty toppings makes them even better!

This soup is super easy to make and full of vitamins and minerals. Did you know broccoli also has vitamin C and that spinach and cilantro are super greens?

How to make the broccoli spinach soup?

Brocoli pieces on a chopping board

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil; add the broccoli, spinach, salt, and the liquid you are using, water or vegetable broth. Cover and let it cook for 10 min.

Broccoli and spinach in a soup pot

When the broccoli is soft, and the spinach is wilted, blend the soups with an immersion (affiliate link) or high-speed blender.

If you want a creamier soup, definitely use a blender. But if you do not mind a bit of texture on your soup, the immersion blender will work great, and you’ll have one less thing to clean.

How to make the cilantro croutons?

Baking sheet with croutons.

To make the cilantro and lime croutons dice your bread, use crusty bread. Drizzle with olive oil, and bake in a preheated oven until golden and crispy.

Take out of the oven and sprinkle with chopped cilantro and lime zest. Season with a pinch of salt.

A bowl of homemade croutons with chopped cilantro (coriander).

Tips for making the perfect broccoli soup

  • Use Fresh Vegetables: The fresher your broccoli and spinach, the brighter the color and the more vibrant the flavors will be in your soup.
  • Sauté Aromatics: By sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil or butter until they’re soft and fragrant will form the flavor base of your soup.
  • Vegetable Stock: A good stock makes all the difference in soups.
  • Add Creaminess: For a creamy texture, consider adding a splash of heavy cream, coconut milk, or almond milk towards the end of cooking.
  • Lemon Juice: A squeeze of lemon or lime juice before serving can brighten the entire dish and add a fresh, zesty note.




Broccoli Spinach Soup with Cilantro Croutons

Alejandra Graf
This Broccoli Spinach Soup, isn't any soup. It's a perfect bowl, of creamy soup made with the broccoli and the most fresh spinach leaves.
But wait, there's a sidekick that takes it all to the next level – homemade Cilantro Croutons. Picture this: chunks of crusty bread tossed with a hint of garlic, all crisped up to golden perfection, then sprinkled with fresh cilantro and lime zest. They're not just croutons; they're little crunchy treasures that add a kick of fun and flavor to every bite.
4.56 de 9 votos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 555 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 2 cups spinach tightly fitted
  • 5 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper.

For the croutons

  • 4 cups bread, cubed baguette or ciabatta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • zest of one lemon or lime

Instructions
 

For the soup

  • In a pan, heat olive oil and onion over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  • Add garlic, broccoli and spinach along with the liquid you will use. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the soup directly in the pot until smooth. You can use a regular blender, working in batches if necessary, to puree the soup. Be careful when blending hot liquids!
  • Check the vegetables and add ¼ cup of cilantro and black pepper. Blend in a food processor or blender until smooth. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • Ladle in soup bowls and top with croutons.

For the croutons

  • While the vegetables are cooking, dice the bread.
    In a large bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil, two cloves of grated garlic, and half a teaspoon of salt. Mix the ingredients well, then add the bread to the bowl and toss them until they are evenly coated with the mixture.
    Place the diced breadonto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper, making sure the pieces of garlic are well distributed among them.
  • Put in the oven for 15 minutes or until the edges of the bread begin to brown.
  • Take them out of the oven and sprinkle with chopped cilantro and a teaspoon of lemon or lime zest.

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Notes

    • If you don’t like croutons, serve this soup with roasted chickpeas, roasted veggies or lentils.
    • Also, feel free to substitute the spinach with kale, baby spinach, arugula or other green.
    • When making the croutons, be sure to cover the garlic pieces with the bread. You don’t want them to burn.
    • If needed substitute the cilantro with parsley, basil or dill.
    • Allow the soup to cool to room temperature before storing. Transfer the soup into airtight containers. Store the soup in the fridge if you plan on eating it within 3-4 days.
    • Warm the soup on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally. If it’s too thick, add a little water or stock to reach your desired consistency. Avoid boiling vigorously as it can affect the texture and flavor.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 555kcalCarbohydrates: 88gProtein: 18gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 2142mgPotassium: 337mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1873IUVitamin C: 73mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Broccoli soup, vegan broccoli soup

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