Tofu “Cream” of Broccoli Soup

Silken tofu makes an excellent substitute for dairy cream or milk in this simple, tasty soup.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 1⁄2 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup minced parsley
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 Tbsp. miso
  • 1 package (12 oz.) silken tofu
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground white pepper


  • Cut the florets off the broccoli stems; peel and chop.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, sauté the onion and garlic in oil until just tender; add half the parsley, setting the rest aside to use as garnish. Add the stock and broccoli; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until broccoli is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove a small amount of broth to a bowl; dissolve the miso. Return to the soup pot; remove pot from heat. Crumble silken tofu into broth; use a hand wand mixer to purée until smooth. An alternative is to ladle the soup into a blender in batches and purée until smooth.
  • Add salt and pepper; serve either warm or chilled, topped with minced parsley.