“Cream” of Broccoli Soup

June 13, 2012 in Categories: , , by

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This simple soup combines the health benefits of bone broth, the cruciferous broccoli with all of its vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and the good monounsaturated fats of avocado.  Plus, it’s delicious!  This makes a fairly thick, hearty soup.  If you prefer cream of broccoli soup a little thinner add an extra ½-1 cup bone broth.  Serves 2-3.

Cream of Broccoli Soup


  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 1-2 large “Heads” of Broccoli (about 4 cups of florets and stems)
  • 1 Small Avocado
  • ½ tsp Ground Nutmeg (substitute 1/4 tsp mace to make Autoimmune Protocol-friendly)

1.    Wash and cut broccoli into florets.  Slice stems (peel stems if they are tough).  Peel and pit avocado and cut into medium-size chunks.
2.    Bring the bone broth to a simmer over medium-high heat in a good sized pot.
3.    Add the broccoli and steam until dark green and tender, about 7-8 minutes.
4.    Reduce heat to low.  Add the nutmeg and avocado chunks to the pot.  Continue to cook 3-4 more minutes, until avocado has warmed.
5.    Puree with an Immersion Blender, or use a Blender or Food Processor, being careful not to burn yourself.
6.    Enjoy!


Thank you for sharing this – a recipe that does not require to many ingredients, isn’t loaded with oils (I don’t like coconut oil) and is quick to make!

This looks delicious! I am fairly new to paleo and have had a hard time getting my kids to accept bone broth – but just today I managed to sneak some into a veggie puree soup that they already love (onions, chard, and chicken broth) so this recipe comes at the perfect time! I hadn’t thought about adding avocado. Definitely want to try this.

I’ve been dumping frozen veggies (brocc., caul, carrots) into a blender with water to make a quick soup, but it’s really bland. Then I started sauteeing onions in coconut oil and adding them. But avocado and bone broth will be great. Can’t wait to try it.

I am curious about the use of nutmeg here. Should we not include this if we’re trying to eat AIP? Probably would still taste great without I am thinking!

Vanessa, sarah has suggested Mace instead of nutmeg. I bought some and used it in the Plantain pancakes (which are wonderful) and the jar said use 1/4 tsp mace for 1 tsp nutmeg.

Sarah, would you mind putting a little note about freezability with the recipes… Just one line at the end – freezable or not freezable?
I need to cook a bunch at a time sometimes, for back-up on those days I cannot function. I have fewer of them now, but …

UGH. Been reading a LOT on this blog about the AIP. Have pinned several recipes. I made this one today basically as per the recipe…not realizing that nutmeg is not AIP friendly. OOPS! The recipe is good…I added some bits of real ham to add protein. But it would have been nice to have a sub…or at least a note mentioned in the recipe about nutmeg not being AIP. I’ve been on the AIP about 2 weeks and this is the first time I’ve eaten anything not allowed…..I just assumed that would have been noted on this particular blog. In this instance I wish I would have read the comments prior to trying the recipe. LOL.

The soup was yummy! I really like the fact that it has so few ingredients :). Had to ad a bit of salt though. Next time I’ll leave the soup a bit chunky as we liked finding few chunks that escaped the blending process. 🙂 Would have love a bit of hot sauce on top but being on day 10 of AIP, maybe someday. Thanks for such an easy but great recipe.

Just made this soup and was disappointed. The nutmeg is an odd flavor when combined with broccoli… We are Paleo and this looked like a perfect soup for a chilly fall night, but this was not what I thought it would be.

PERFECT! Just when I was lamenting the loss of cheese in my new diet you go and recreate a soup recipe which typically calls for a lot of it. I’ll tweak it here and there for my personal taste but I gotta tell you that it’s wonderful to see that I can still have my favorite soups.

Do you think ham-hock broth would work in this brocoli soup? That’s the only ‘bone’ I have in the house at the moment. I have to cut out legumes from my diet as well and guess what? That’s what the ham hock package in my freezer was originally supposed to be for. *Sigh* Gotta find some use for it.

We are new to Paleo, but I’ve never made “bone broth.” Im assuming this is just bones that have boiled in water for a bit?

Yeah, it’s really just broth or stock. In the paleo community, we like to boil bones for a long time to leach more of the good stuff in the the water (like cooking broth for 2 days).

I do not subscribe to any particular eating regimen (ie paleo), other than eating what I consider to be ‘healthy’ and what works for my body. I am a veggie addict, and cream of broccoli soup is my abbbbsolute FAV! Paleo Mom, you have a ton of recipes that I’ve saved to try one day, and this was my first – I just so happened to have *almost* all of the ingredients it called for, and tweaked it a bit to make up for what I didn’t have.

This soup was DELISH! I didn’t have bone broth so I used 2 cups of reduced sodium organic chicken broth, with 4 heads of broccoli and 1 large avocado. Added the nutmeg, a bit of salt & pepper. To make it EXTRA yummy (errr… and non-paleo), I added some shredded cheddar cheese on top just to give it a bit more flavour. Soup on a cold day is my fav – but I hate buying pre-made stuff because it’s packed with junk! Love knowing I can now make my own yummy soup with minimal ingredients!

From a freezing cold Torontonian trying to survive this -20 degree weather, THANK YOU!

Since this has avocado in it, will the color turn after a day or two? I was considering making it on a Sunday prep day.

Just was finishing up on 72 hour simmer of bone broth when I came upon your recipe. I love simple recipes. Didn’t even need to nutmeg. Just used some black pepper and olive oil when I served it and my dinner mates loved it! Thanks for yet another nice way of using broccoli.

Just made it! It was so easy, and I did add a few sprinkles of bacon and some pepper to my bowl. Thanks for the easy recipe.

This soup is so delicious! I added half a cup of coconut milk because it cuts down the strong flavour of the bone broth. Thanks for sharing!

yummmm! So glad your site came back up so I could make it- I had peaked at the recipe the night before, made my stock, tried to pull the recipe back up, and it was gone. I was running to the grocery store and thoughttttt I had everything it called for- and I did! 🙂 once the site was back up, I was ready to go- it’s super delicious! Thank you!

Made this today. Super easy and tasted delicious with my bone broth. I added a bit of sea salt, omitted the nutmeg and garnished with fresh dill. Made a double batch. Glad I did as it is almost gone.

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