Eat your Greens! Basil and Gnocchi Soup

basil and gnocchi soup with writingMany may agree when I say that Post Punk Kitchen is definitely one of the best Vegan website on the world wide web; all the recipes I took from there simply turned out great! Anyway, I can still say that I have one favourite PPK recipe, one that melts my heart every time I do it, and it is this yummy, savoury, texture wise genius gnocchi and greens soup! I simply love everything about it. The original use of fresh basil, the contrast between the “creamy” cauliflower base and the “chunks” of gnocchi, greens and beans, the fact that it is a really filling, nutritive soup and so on! Love, love, love!

Ingredients :

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florettes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, divided (preferably home made)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Big pinch dried thyme
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, plus a little extra for garnish
  • 8 oz gnocchi**
  • 1 15 oz can navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small bunch swiss chard, stems discarded, leaves torn into bite-sized pieces

**8 oz gnocchi represent half the regular gnocchi pack I find at the grocery store. When I do this recipe, I put the gnocchi I don’t need to use in the freezer so I’ll have the perfect quantity to do another batch of this soup later.

Directions :

Heat a big pot over medium heat. Add olive oil and cook garlic for about a minute (watch closely so it doesn’t burn). Add 3 cups of broth (only 3 cups, not 4!), cauliflower, thyme, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a broil. Bring the heat down to medium and let it cook until cauliflowers are soft (about 10 minutes).

In a small bowl, mix together the arrowroot (or cornstarch) with the other 1 cup of broth. Add this thickening mix to the cauliflower cauldron and stir until the broth gets a little bit thicker (about 5 minutes).

Remove the cauldron from heat and add the Basil. Use a blender (immersion one or regular… I always use my Vitamix) to smooth all of this preparation. Taste it and add some salt if necessary.

But this soup base back on the stove and bring the heath to medium. Add the gnocchi and cook for 3 minutes. Then, add the beans and the swiss chard and cook it until the greens look soft, stirring gently (about 5 minutes).

It’s ready to serve! Enjoy!

basil for soupHmmmm! Fresh Basil! ❤vitamix basil soupThis is the “creamy base” made from cauliflower, broth and basil (holy miam!). This one was thicker than usual cause I let the cauliflower cook longer, so some of the broth evaporated… The thickness is really up to you. I could have add some broth but I like it thick so I didn’t

Hope you give a try to this wonderful recipe! What is your favourite soup recipe?

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