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Recipe: Potato and broccoli soup with ginger and cardamom

The slight bitterness of broccoli, the earthiness of potatoes, the spiciness of ginger, and the sweetness of cardamom add up to a really gorgeous soup. It’s perfect for these wet days.

I adjusted the recipe for a friend on the Weight Watchers diet, reducing the amount of potato and adding more broccoli instead. It’s a foolproof recipe and will serve at least four people.


  • 1 large head and stalks of broccoli, chopped evenly
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and chopped into rounds
  • 1 leek, peeled, washed, and chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 9 cardamom pods
  • 1litre of vegetable stock
  • 1 knob of butter or olive oil


  • In a large pot, sweat the leek, onions, celery (if using – no need to buy it specially) and garlic in the oil or butter over a medium heat, covered, until the onions are translucent – about 3-4 mins.  Stir occasionally.
  • Add the potatoes and ginger and sweat for another two minutes. Meanwhile dry-fry the cardamom pods for about two minutes.
  • Add the broccoli to the pot and mix with the other ingredients for a minute or two.
  • Remove the cardamom seeds from their pods and add to the pot. Now tip in the vegetable stock.
  • Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes have softened.
  • Blend well – you don’t want to chow down on a lump of ginger or a cardamom seed. Return to the heat and simmer for a further 10 minutes or so.


  1. A brilliant Weight Watchers tip that I got years ago is that the stalks of broccoli make soup really creamy when blended!
    It works .. I now add the stalks to any soup that needs a creamy texture but without the extra calories of actual cream!

  2. If you have one, a parmesan rind is also gorgeous in soups. Throw it in for the final simmer.

  3. Thanks SJ, threw them in too and just updated the recipe 🙂

  4. Diet doesn’t have to restrain you from eating delicious foods. This one is a good alternative to my bland cabbage soup.

  5. Can dried ginger and garlic be used instead of the fresh stuff??? I’m just thinking of what I have in the cupboard at home

  6. I don’t really know. The garlic isn’t essential but I can’t see dried ginger powder working as an adequate substitute.

  7. One way to find out!

  8. This looks delicious, soups is the only way I can manage broccoli…

  9. If you peel and freeze fresh ginger, you can grate it straight from the freezer

  10. did you use green or black cardamom pods