4 cups fresh or frozen broccoli (trimmed and chopped)
1 can cannellini beans (14 oz can) (rinsed very well)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese (OR for vegan or dairy-free alternative use 1 1/2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast)
What the heck is nutritional yeast? Anyone trying to avoid dairy in a recipe, vegans, or just the average Joe trying to eat healthier foods can use this in place of cheese. It has a savory flavor, is a complete protein, providing all 18 amino acids the body needs, and it's a good source of fiber and B vitamins. Nutritional yeast is low in sodium and provides iron, selenium, folic acid and potassium. It's produced by growing the yeast for several days and then deactivating it with heat. So it's a bit processed but more like cooking and nothing is added to it. So it can be used in a whole food diet.
You'll find it at a health food store, often in the bulk bins. It has a shelf life of about 1 year when sealed and kept in a cool, dry place. It can also be frozen in sealed containers for up to 2 years.
Sprinkle nutritional yeast on popcorn, freshly baked pizza dough, on kale chips, or roasted seeds (like pumpkin or squash seeds). Makes a healthy, satisfying snack!
In a large pot heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. Cook the onion and garlic stirring often until the onion is translucent and soft.
Then add the water, vegetable broth and broccoli and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for about 7-8 minutes (until the broccoli is tender).
Stir in the beans and spices cooking for another 2 minutes.
Turn off the heat. If you have an Immersion Blender
then blend the soup into a smooth constency right in the pot. If you don't have this handy kitchen gadget, then use your NutriBullet blender/Mixer or other kitchen blender. Take about 1 cup at a time and blend until smooth (be careful when pureeing hot liquids - do a little at a time). Take the pureed soup from the blender and pour into another big bowl or pot. Then, blend another 1 cup until smooth. Repeat until all is smooth.
Add the shredded cheese or nutritional yeast and mix. Then, pour soup into big bowls and serve with some homemade bread. Yum!