Soup up supper: Broccoli, coconut and lime leaf soup recipe

Fragrant lime leaves and lemongrass bring a new spin to broccoli soup.

broccoli coconut and lime leaf soup
Lizzie Mayson

SERVES 4

500g broccoli (florets and stalks)
2 1⁄2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
15g fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
2 lemongrass stalks, ends trimmed and finely sliced
4 fresh lime leaves, stalks removed and leaves finely sliced
1 tsp ground coriander
500ml fresh chicken stock (or vegetable stock if vegan)
400ml can coconut milk
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp maple syrup, plus an extra 1 tsp for the broccoli garnish
1 tbsp fish sauce (use vegan fish sauce or soy sauce if vegan)

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Set aside 100g of the broccoli florets, then roughly chop the remaining broccoli florets and stalk into smallish pieces.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and sweat for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and ginger and sweat for another 5 minutes, then add the lemongrass, lime leaves and ground coriander and cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chopped broccoli and cook for another couple of minutes, then add the stock and all but 2 tbsp of the coconut milk. Bring to the boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes until the broccoli is just tender. Cool for a couple of minutes, then tip into a large blender with the lime juice, maple syrup and fish sauce. Whiz until smooth and adjust the seasoning, adding more lime juice, maple syrup or fish sauce to taste.
  4. Cut the set-aside broccoli into small florets and toss with the remaining 1⁄2 tbsp oil, 1 tsp maple syrup and a pinch of flaky sea salt. Spread over a roasting tray and roast for 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway, until golden.
  5. Reheat the soup if necessary and divide between bowls. Swirl in the reserved coconut milk and scatter with the broccoli florets. Serve immediately.

Food styling: Kitty Coles. Food styling assistant: Care Cole. Prop styling: Louie Waller