This is a soup I've been making since I was a teenager. It's one of those standby recipes that's imprinted in my memory bank so I never need to look up the ingredients. It's incredibly easy to make and you don't need to concern yourself with exact measurements. Don't be concerned about the large clumps of garlic, this is what gives the soup it's unique and super flavourful dimensions.
Broccoli often tops the superfoods list with cauliflower following not far behind. Both are packed with vitamins and minerals and they’re filling as well as low in calories. Eaten on their own, they can be little bland. However, turning them into a broccoli and cauliflower soup completely transforms their flavour so even those who normally wouldn’t touch a broccoli stalk or a cauliflower head, will be suitably impressed.
The addition of smoked ham gives the soup an added smoky depth, but leaving it out doesn’t detract from the overall flavor. Omitting the ham makes this soup suitable for vegetarians and if you swap the milk for almond milk you have a vegan soup.
Time: 45-55 minutes including preparation and cooking time
Cooking vegetables means losing some of their valuable nutrients. However, with soup, you're eating the liquid which is full of those vitamins and minerals.
This soup contains plenty of garlic which is anti inflammatory, acts as an antioxidant, helps boost immunity and can lower risk of heart disease. Plus it adds so much flavour to our meals.
Broccoli and cauliflower are both cruciferous vegetables and have a similar nutrient profile. These include their cancer preventing properties, fibre for gut and bowel health and are low in calories, plus many other wonderful nutrients.