Make this rich, creamy broccoli soup for your lunchtime indulgence. Silken tofu is the key to its amazing texture and a sprinkle of homemade croutons on top adds a savory, satisfying crunch.

Truffled Cream of Broccoli Soup With Croutons [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Croutons:

  • 2 cups day-old bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon truffle salt

For the Soup:

  • 1 pound whole fresh broccoli
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pound silken tofu
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon truffle oil
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Preparation

To Make the Croutons:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Trim the crust from the bread and cut into bite-sized cubes and transfer to a baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon truffle salt over the bread. Toss with your hands until the bread is lightly coated. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly brown and crisp. Set aside.

To Make the Soup:

  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cut the broccoli florets from the stems. Peel the stems using a vegetable peeler and trim the woody part of the stalk (roughly the last inch). Cut the stalks into 1/2-inch planks so they cook at the same pace as the florets.
  3. When the water comes to a boil add the stalks and stems and cook for 4-5 minutes until bright green and just tender. Drain the broccoli, reserve a few small florets for garnish and transfer the rest to a blender. Add the vegetable broth and tofu. Place the lid on the blender and purée the broccoli mixture until smooth. Add the remaining teaspoon of truffle salt and the black pepper and blend again.
  4. To serve, heat the soup over medium heat. Ladle into bowls and top with a scattering of broccoli florets and croutons. Serve.
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