$2 Lunch Recipe – Broccoli and Leek Soup

For a girl on a budget there’s nothing worse than hitting up the cute corner cafe for a midweek lunch and spending $20 for a salad and bottle of sparkling water, which is why we’re featuring this yummy, healthy (packed with vitamin C!) and wallet-friendly $2 lunch recipe.

Broccoli and Leek Soup (Makes 4 Lunch Servings)

1 leek, pale section only, halved lengthways, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 large potato, peeled, finely chopped

4 cups water

1 salt-reduced vegetable stock cube, crumbled

1 extra large head of broccoli, cut into florets

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Spray with olive oil spray. Add the leek. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the potato, water and stock cube to the leek mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the broccoli. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the broccoli is tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Place the cool broccoli mixture and basil in a blender and blend until smooth – or use an immersion blender. Transfer the soup to a clean saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until heated through.
  4. Eat immediately, or pack for office lunches.

    *ingredients for four servings less than $8 — let us know if you scored them for cheaper!

    Photo via  jules:stonesoup

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