Spicy Broccoli Citrus Soup

I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately, and that (plus the cold weather) has me craving soups of all kinds. As if you hadn’t noticed. I love broccoli, and I love spice, and so this soup in particular was a match made in heaven for me.

The citrus flavor of this soup is powerful, but it’s balanced by the spice of the red pepper flakes and the creamy taste of the coconut milk. Add to the top of that the earthy flavor of the broccoli and you’ve got yourself a winner.

This soup is on the lighter side: it’s not as creamy as some soups, and the flavors aren’t as deep as others. Instead, it’s got a bright taste and doesn’t make you feel weighed down. It makes, in short, a perfect soup for when you’re sick. And, despite the fact that I made it in February, it would be a delightful spring or summer soup. But don’t wait until then to make it: it’s the mois d’amour, after all, and red pepper and coconut milk are both aphrodisiacs.

This would be particularly scrumptious paired with some rustic homemade croutons. Or topped with freshly shaved parmasan. Or any number of other ways. As for me? I ate it with a grilled cheese (ok, grilled rice “cheese”) sandwich. A simple, delicious lunch that warmed me to my very toes.