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My broccoli soup is pants!!!

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Littlebatcalledlucille Mon 23-Oct-17 14:24:59

I made soup with the broccoli left over from dinner yesterday (threw the stalks in too, waste not and all that jazz)
But it's a little flavourless!!
I have :
An onion
Pearl barley
(For some ruffage)
Veg stock
What's missing? What am i doing wrong?
I'd hate to waste it
Any ideas?
Thank you!

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Fekko Mon 23-Oct-17 14:26:42

I think if the broccoli was already cooked it won't have a load of flavour. Isn't broccoli soup usually with Stilton?

Littlebatcalledlucille Mon 23-Oct-17 14:30:53

Yes fekko the broccoli was already cooked but there is still flavor in the stems! I dont have any Stilton :/

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Westfacing Mon 23-Oct-17 14:32:31

Don't add more tastelessness like barley and quinoa! It needs something sharp and salty - Stilton.

InigoTaran Mon 23-Oct-17 14:32:55

Thyme, chilli, paprika, lemon?

InigoTaran Mon 23-Oct-17 14:33:53

And you missed garlic but too late to put it in now!

JesusTapdancingChrist Mon 23-Oct-17 14:34:24

Yeah the pearl barley and quinoa seem a bit unnecessary.

Go to the shop for stilton.


Westfacing Mon 23-Oct-17 14:34:49

Put it in the fridge and go buy some Stilton - there's only so much flavour you can get out of broccoli stems!

InigoTaran Mon 23-Oct-17 14:35:19

Melted cheese on top and have it with garlic bread

( alternatively chuck it in the bin )

Longdistance Mon 23-Oct-17 14:36:01

If the left over broccoli is already cooked, whack it in last. I wouldn’t bother with pearl barley at all. Do add Stilton and black pepper, it’ll draw the flavour out.

InigoTaran Mon 23-Oct-17 14:37:28

Or...freeze it so you’re not wasting it then 6 months later go back, see it in freezer, forget what it was and so chuck it away grin

kersh33 Mon 23-Oct-17 14:39:49

Dijon Mustard!

I make broccoli soup about once a week - and it's just broccoli chopped up, just enough water to almost cover and stock cube. Cook until broccoli is mush, whizz up with a stick blender and chuck in a couple of teaspoons of dijon mustard to taste. If you're feeling extravagant then some grated mature cheddar is also lovely stirred in at the end. If it's a bit tasteless you might have put too much water in, try boiling it down and see if it helps. It should be quite thick once it's whizzed up. But the mustard make a big difference (and tastes brilliant IMO).

PringlesPirate Mon 23-Oct-17 14:39:49

I don’t like Stilton but I do like a nice salty cheddar with broccoli soup

tshirtsuntan Mon 23-Oct-17 14:42:38

It's nice with the soaking liquid from porcini mushrooms in. You can Chop the soaked mushrooms and fry them with the onion/leeks.

Littlebatcalledlucille Mon 23-Oct-17 14:42:53

Thank you for the suggestion's!!!
Unfortunately one is still keeping it classy in pajamas so I'm sending the dh to tesco for Stilton.

#savethesoup made me chuckle!!

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Andtheresaw Mon 23-Oct-17 14:43:09

Add more leeks and forget that you intended broccoli soup, just make it veg soup. Your proportions are off and it will never taste like a broccoli soup at this stage.

When I make broccolli soup it has a potato for thickness, a small onion for sweetness, lots of broccoli, stock. I only use stalks: I freeze all the stalks I chop off every time I cook broccoli for the DC/DH, then chop it up in a big pan full on soup day.

Girlsworld92 Mon 23-Oct-17 14:45:20

Not quite the same but I asked dh to get some broccoli and Stilton soup for lunch. They sold out so he got carrot and coriander. Still disappointed now!

Littlebatcalledlucille Mon 23-Oct-17 14:50:57

Wow loads of ideas here! Thank you!!!
Might have to use Andtheresaw idea to rescue it tho!
Poor dh has trudged to Tesco!

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MountainDweller Mon 23-Oct-17 14:51:04

Peas can liven up a tasteless soup. Cook some, purée them and stir in if the Stilton fails to materialise.

Future tip: use much less water than you think you need. The veg are pretty soft once cooked so you don’t really need much water at all.

Littlebatcalledlucille Mon 23-Oct-17 14:52:36


Send him to another supermarket!

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IHaveBrilloHair Mon 23-Oct-17 15:39:32

I honestly wouldn't add anything else or it'll make it worse.

Blondie1984 Mon 23-Oct-17 16:38:08

My grandfather used to make broccoli and orange which was nice - maybe try adding a glass of OJ

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