Broccoli Soup with Hazelnuts

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Serves 3
Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium leek, ends removed, halved, rinsed and sliced
3 garlic clove, minced
1 (200g) large potato, grated
Rind of 1 lemon, finely grated
500ml (2 cups) vegetable stock
250ml (1 cup) water
1 (250g) broccoli, chopped
65g (1½ cups) (firmly packed) chopped spinach, washed
1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt & pepper, to taste

To serve:
crème fraîche (optional)
30g roasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1 tsp white chia seeds
Method

Bring a saucepan to a medium heat.
Add olive oil, prepared leek and garlic. Sauté for 4 minutes or until tender.
Stir in potato and lemon rind. Add stock, along with water and bring to the boil.
Then simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Add broccoli and continue cooking for another 10 minutes.
Add spinach and chia seeds to soup, stir through. The chia seeds will help to thicken soup.
Remove from heat and blend well with a stick blender.
Season with salt and pepper. Stir through the lemon juice.
Serve topped with chia seeds, hazelnuts and crème fraîche if using.