Broccoli Coconut Soup with Spinach & Crispy Shallots Recipe

Soup recipes get a bad rap. This brilliant green soup is packed with antioxidants from spinach, cilantro and broccoli and has a smooth, silky texture from coconut milk. Try it for lunch or an easy dinner.
By: Anna Decker / 02/02/2016 /

Vegan Broccoli Coconut Soup with Spinach and Crispy Shallots served in two plates with spoons against a marble background

A little curry paste adds just enough spice and depth and crispy shallots scattered on top bring a delightful crunch. Cook, relax and enjoy!

What You'll Need: ⅔ cup israeli couscous 1 shallot 1 lb broccoli crown 1 oz fresh cilantro 2 Tbsp green curry paste 1 (13.5-ounce) can lite coconut milk 2 oz baby spinach coarse salt freshly ground black pepper neutral oil such as vegetable or safflower

Equipment: 1 medium pot 1 large pot strainer small saucepan blender, food processor or immersion blender

Recipe Steps:

  1. Cook Couscous: Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add couscous to the water and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain. Peel shallot then slice thinly into rings. Roughly chop broccoli. Remove thicker cilantro stems.

  2. Start Soup: Place curry paste in a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add coconut milk and 3 cups water; season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.

  3. Add Broccoli: Add broccoli, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes.

  4. Brown Shallots: Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Separate shallot into individual rings and cook until brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.

  5. Blend: Remove soup from heat and add spinach and all but a small handful of cilantro. Transfer to a blender or food processor or use an immersion blender and blend the soup until smooth. Season well with salt.

  6. Serve: Reheat if necessary then divide among bowls and top with couscous, shallots and remaining cilantro. Enjoy!