Sunday, September 27, 2015

Leek & Brussels Sprouts Soup ( in 12 minutes)


brussels sprouts soup


Do you hate or love brussels sprouts? For most people there is no in between. If you love them, then make this soup. If you haven't liked them in the past, I'm asking you to give them a chance. If they aren't overcooked, you might like them. They actually taste like little cabbages. 

This is a simple, but healthy vegan gluten free soup recipe that of course is naturally gluten free. 
I happen to like Brussels sprouts ( I didn't always) , and I've been getting super excited about making fall soups since the weather has been getting cooler. 

I like how fast and easy it is and thought it might actually be nice for Thanksgiving when supermarkets and Trader Joe's carry fresh stalks of farm fresh brussels sprouts (of course feel free to use frozen- I did). You might have to add 5-10 minutes to the cooking if you use fresh brussels sprouts because they tend to be not only firmer, but larger than frozen.


I used frozen but cooked them in the soup, not the bag


brussels sprouts on a stalk
Fresh brussels sprouts on a stalk - cut each sprout in half for this soup
This soup is perfect for the busy cook who likes healthy recipes. It took only 5-7 minutes to prep and 10-12 minutes to cook, yet it tasted warm, delicious, and comforting. It's a nice nutritious fall soup to add to your repertoire. 


How to Like Brussels Sprouts
If you you hate don't care for brussels sprouts, the best way to try them is roasting them. They come out crispy and crunchy and are absolutely delicious. I have never met anyone who hasn't tried and enjoyed  My recipe for : Wendy's crunchy and crispy Vegetable balls .
If you do like brussels sprouts then you will love this soup ( but don't overcook it). They sprouts are not mushy, smelly, or overcooked.  I really enjoy it!

 Judee Algazi from Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 5-7 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients: 

1 pound brussels sprouts- cut in half if fresh
( I used frozen- Hanover petite Brussels Sprouts- no need to cut in half)
2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed or chopped
1 large leek- white part diced
2 medium shallots- peeled and sliced
2 medium carrots, diced
3 cups of water
3 cups of hot vegetable broth
Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
Olive oil for sautéing

Directions:
Saute the garlic, leeks, and carrots in the olive oil for about 3 minutes carefully stirring to prevent burning. Add the small brussels sprouts ( if large cut in half) and the water. Bring to a boil and then reduce flame somewhat and cook for about 7 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and cook for an additional minute. Taste and season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
Last Monday I made a different  vegan and gluten free Fall Vegetable Soup using yet another fall unusual vegetable- kohlrabi- plus, onions, carrots, and fresh garlic ( If you have never used kohlrabi, let me introduce you. It's kohlrabi's growing season, and the simple vegetable tastes like a potato but is very low in carbs and makes a DELICIOUS soup ).
bowl of carrots, brussels sprouts and leeks
My Brussels Sprouts were from the frozen bag of petite sprouts- the black measuring cup holds my chopped leeks..

vegan brussels sprout soup

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21 comments:

  1. Great recipe - we LOVE brussels sprouts but I've never tried them in a soup, what a great idea! Not to mention this is also a great meatless meal (we try to have one of those every week, too, to help out with the grocery bill!). Thank for sharing, pinned!

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    1. I never would have thought to put the sprouts in soup either, but they are like little cabbages and do add a fabulous flavor and texture.

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  2. I never thought to put brussel sprouts in soup, but that is great idea. Luckily I am in the love camp. We are growing them for the first time this year. I can't wait to see how they do!

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    1. How fabulous that you are growing your own! This soup could be a great way to eat them. How your Brussels sprouts grow well for you!

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  3. Wow! What a great, fast, yummy sounding recipe.

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    1. Pattie,
      You are so right. The soup is fast and easy and yummy if you like Brussels Sprouts. Some do , some don't

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  4. OMG I LOVE BRUSSELS. I have to make my grocery list today, and this is definitely going on it! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. You might as well try it since it is a homemade soup that takes on 12 minutes and is delicious and nutritious.

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  5. You just gave me a reason to grow Brussel sprouts. This looks very delicious. Thank you for sharing at the Recipe Swap.

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    1. Grow them? Wow I'm impressed. Home grown Brussel Sprouts must be delicious

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  6. LOVE everything about this soup! Brussels Sprouts + leeks = BOMB!!!

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    1. I am amazed how many people LOVE brussels sprouts. When I was young I hated them until I learned how to not overcook them. Now- I love them too..

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  7. I love Brussel Sprouts but have never had them in soup, that is about to change. The leek and sprout soup looks and sounds really good and hearty. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Kathy,
      Brussels sprouts in soup is new to me too, but why not? we put cabbage in soup and brussels sprouts are like little mini cabbages. I'll see you next week at Clever Chicks Blog Hop

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  8. Hi Judee,
    Wow this is another soup I've never had with brussels sprouts in it!
    I've pinned and I will look forward to making this recipe.
    Julie xo

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  9. I actually love brussel sprouts... and i love leeks. I will have to give this a try

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    1. So glad you stopped by. If you love both of these veggies, I'm sure that you will enjoy the soup

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  10. This looks like it would be a low calorie soups as well. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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    1. It is a low calorie high in nutrient soup that happens to also taste good. Perfect for the fall

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  11. I ove Brussels Sprouts but I make them the same way all of the time. It's so refreshing to have a new recipe to try using this tasty vegetable. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious Brussels Sprouts Soup with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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    1. Deborah,
      this was the first time I saw them in a soup and you know what- they are really good

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