Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday's Soup/Brussel Sprout Soup for the I Hate Brussel Sprouts Crowd!

I can't believe that it was actually 6 years ago that I initially posted THIS recipe for Cream of Brussel Sprout Soup. The recipe has now been revised as I am working on a cookbook and I want to be sure that all of the recipes are exactly as I want them to be. So when you make them, they will taste just the same as when I made them. I hope that's a good thing ;)

To make the soup, you'll begin with chopped onions, celery and a honey crisp apple, all sauteed together.

Brussel sprouts and cannellini beans are added along with vegetable broth.

The beans will add protein, and will also thicken the soup nicely. Once the brussel sprouts are tender, the soup will be pureed.  

While the soup is cooking, make the candied pecans. They add a wonderful crunch as well as a fabulous taste to the soup.

Once the pecans have caramelized, place them on a piece of wax paper. Working quickly, separate the pecans and then roughly chop with a sharp knife.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with the candied pecans. Even the most dead set against brussel sprouts person will not believe they are actually eating brussel sprouts!

Brussel Sprout Soup for the 
I Hate Brussel Sprouts Crowd 

8 cups quartered brussel sprouts
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 honey crisp apple seeded and chopped
3 stalks celery chopped
1 25 oz. can Cannellini Beans drained and rinsed
8 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and black pepper to taste

Place quartered brussel sprouts in cold water. Add 1/4 cup of course sea salt and mix well. Allow the brussel sprouts to sit in the salt water for a couple of hours to overnight. Drain and rinse well under cold water. Set aside

Add olive oil to a large, heavy soup pot. Add onion, apple, and celery. Saute over medium heat until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and saute another minute to release flavor, but not burn. Add brussel sprouts along with the cannellini beans. Pour in 8 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes, or until brussel sprouts are tender. 
Use a hand held mixer, or place the vegetable mixture in a blender, and blend until smooth. 
Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. 

Candied Pecan Topping

1 cup pecans
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar

Place pecans, water and sugar in a medium sized pot. Constantly stirring, bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue stirring until liquid has been absorbed. This goes very quickly, so do not leave unattended.
Spoon pecans out onto a sheet of waxed paper and separate quickly. Allow to cool and then chop roughly with a sharp knife.

To serve, ladle soup into bowls and top with the chopped pecans. No one will believe they are eating brussel sprouts!

The soup can be frozen, so for those of you who are thinking about Thanksgiving, make the soup now and you'll have 1 less task on Thanksgiving day!


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  1. Yeah, write a cookbook and I will buy it!

  2. A cookbook! How awesome. Do you ever have meat in your recipes? I love brussel sprouts so I'm sure the soup is really good. It is so cold right now, I wish I had some to warm me up!

    1. I rarely us meat, but most of the recipes that I do could easily have meat as an addition. If you would like, some bacon crumbles would be lovely with this soup.

  3. This sounds lovely. Thanks. I'd also buy your cookbook.