My mom makes fantastic broccoli soup. Unfortunately it is very time consuming and full of fat and calories. I have been tinkering with a few recipes and have come up w/ this.
I dice and saute 3 cloves of garlic w/ an onion in a tablespoon of olive oil until it's soft. Then I add 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes.
Then I dice up a potato and two "trees" of broccoli.
I put in 2 cups of vegetable broth, bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 20 minutes, until the potatoes and broccoli are tender.
I let it cool slightly, then put it in a food processor and combine to a consistency that I prefer.
If you leave the soup like this, it's vegan and not bad. I like to drizzle a little heavy cream and put shaved cheese on top (cheddar or parmesan are favs). Enjoy!