Thursday, November 8, 2012

Romanesco Soup... Not Just For Aliens!

To further our quest to try new foods, that crazy Romanesco had to be on the list! Look at that amazing veggie! With all those beautiful bright green swirling fractal shapes Romanesco looks like it came from an alien planet! Lucky for us, you can get it in many markets these days, so be brave and try something way cool!

During my second attempt at making a soup from this broccoli/cauliflower mix of a vegetable, I learned that "keep it simple" really is the best motto. This delicate flavored vegetable soup is just a mix of onions, Romenesco, and vegetable broth. So easy! The finished result is a very silky soup with an added simple complementary garnish of tomato pieces and romanesco. For other uses of Romanesco just steam, or eat it raw, as you would for any cauliflower or broccoli presentation. This fabulous veggie will be an attention getter for sure at your next get together, or event! Get creative!

Romanesco Soup

1 Head of Romanesco
1 - 2 large onions sliced or chopped
1 box (32 oz.) low sodium organic vegetable broth
chopped fresh tomato pieces
salt and pepper to taste

Chop the Romanesco into pieces, and be sure to save some of those cool fractal triangles for your soup garnish. Chop your onions and add them to your pot in a drizzle of olive oil. Lightly brown onion pieces. 

Add Romanesco pieces and stir through. Add veggie broth and simmer covered for 20 minutes or until all is tender. 

Once tender let the vegetables cool for about 10 minutes. 

Then add all of the vegetable mixture to blender and mix till silky smooth. 

Add Himalayan or Celtic salt, and cracked pepper, to taste. 

Pour the soup into a bowl or a cup as needed, adding a sprinkle of tomato pieces and some Romanesco pyramids for presentation. The taste of this soup is very light. The fresh chopped tomato adds a bright complimentary flavor, and the raw Romanesco pieces add a nice crunch. Rich in vitamin C, and K, it looks colorful, and tastes wonderful! Enjoy!

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