Soup – Broccoli Raab soup that is!


Participating in a CSA for the last three years has been a great experience for me.  I have always made visits to the local farmer’s market during the summer to enjoy the wonderful heirloom tomatoes  or some fresh butter peas.  I have also frozen my share of fresh corn and white acre peas to savor in the winter.  But traveling to the farmer’s market now entails an hour or more depending on traffic just to get there.  

I read a most informative article about the CSA in the AJC and was sold!  Since joining I have enjoyed the best fresh vegetables .  Some of them  I have never heard of before have turned into a family favorite.  Each week starting in March a box of fresh vegetables is delivered to a pick up site in our area.  I usually know what vegetables I will receive by Saturday to make meal planning easier.  More vegetables can  easily be added to your order for example in the summer I like to add more fresh tomatoes!  I have had to dig out the cookbooks or look on-line for recipes for vegetables that I have never prepared.  Broccoli Raab  or rappini is one that I have learned to love.  This recipe appeared in the Fall 2007 CSA Week # 12  newsletter. The recipe came from the chef turned farmer Cory Mosser.  There is something about this soup that makes me want to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I have on occasion done that very thing.  I have never tasted anything quite like it and not difficult to make at all.  The broccoli raab can have a bitter flavor if not prepared correctly. Saute  on a medium high heat with olive oil and garlic to  give a great flavor without the bitterness and with the  other flavors combined in the soup it is heaven in a bowl.  

This spring help to support your local CSA and give back to the farmers in your area.  Everyone  will reap the benefits!  

1 lb hot Italian sausage and couple of cloves of garlic

Rough chop shallots, carrots and celery

Over medium heat saute 1 clove garlic with sausage in 1/8 cup olive oil

Remove the sausage and drain on paper towel. 

Melt butter, and saute carrots, celery and shallots for 5min.


 I threw in chopped fennel.  I love the flavor!  You could used dried crushed fennel. 

Add salt, pepper, crushed red chiles, crushed fennel, chopped fresh rosemary.

Add 8-10 cups of chicken broth

Add a large can of diced tomatoes

2 cans of cannellini beans rinsed, one can mashed

Add the sausage then 2 medium potatoes diced. 

2 medium potatoes diced


Wash the Broccoli Raab and cut into ribbons. 

Cut Broccoli Raab into ribbons

Saute raab in a separate pan with 1/8 cup of olive oil and 2 cloves of minced garlic until wilted and add to soup.  Serve immediately with grated parmesan cheese. 

Saute with olive oil and garlic


Broccoli Raab Soup 

Adapted from Cory Mosser 

  • 2 large shallots, 1 large carrot, 1 celery stalk, 1/2 small fennel ; all chopped roughly
  • 3 cloves garlic minced divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium potatoes diced
  • 1 package Italian sausage, casings removed ( I used Johnsonville hot Italian sausage)
  • 2 regular cans cannellini beans, one mashed ( I drain and rinse first)
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 large bunch broccoli raab, cut into ribbons
  • 8-10 cups of chicken broth
  • Salt, pepper, crushed red chiles, crushed fennel( I prefer to use fresh chopped fennel) chopped fresh rosemary ( I used dried)

Over medium heat, saute 1 clove garlic with the sausage in 1/8 cup of olive oil, stirring frequently untl lightly browned.  Remove sausage on paper towel.  Melt butter and saute carrots, celery, and shallots ( I throw in fresh chopped fennel) for 5-10 minutes or until soft.  Coat with dry seasonings.  Add stock, potatoes, beans, sausage and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil  and continue cooking on medium for 20 minutes, or until potatoes ar soft.  In a separate pan, saute raab in remaining olive oil and garlic, until wilted.  Add to soup and serve immediately with grated parmesan cheese. 

Yields 10 great servings! 

The Teacher Cooks



Filed under healthy, Italian sausage, Local CSA, Recipes, Soup, Soup from scratch

9 responses to “Soup – Broccoli Raab soup that is!

  1. Your soup looks wonderful! Broccoli raab is a vegetable I have never had before. I must sign up for my local CSA. Thanks for the post.

  2. I’ve been wanting to join a CSA, just haven’t done it yet, the soup sounds so yummy!

  3. i’ve always wanted to join a csa, but it’s just not an option out here in the boonies. we’re supposed to grow our own goodies. 🙂
    this soup looks great–there’s nothing containing some good pork sausage that i won’t devour.

  4. Looks delish! The only time I ate Broccoli Raab, it was bitter (and at a restauarant). Good to know that it’s not supposed to taste that way.

  5. Linda Stagner

    Thanks for the info. I looked up CSA in Ft. Worth and found out it’s located in a favorite little bakery of mine right down the street. What a nice surprise. I plan to join this spring.

  6. This looks and sounds amazing (beautiful photos)! My husband tends quite a garden in our back yard every summer, but we are still looking into joining our local CSA come spring. I’ve been wanting to find some broccoli raab but it never seems to show up at our local stores (perhaps I expect too much… now I feel inspired to grow it) – I kind of like the slight bitter taste, especially as a contrast in a soup. The seasonings sound just right here and I know sausage ups the taste of everything, so I have no doubt this soup is over the top! Thanks for the great post!

  7. Would love to join CSA but there isn’t one close enough.
    Your soup looks wonderful, but that was a very big spoonful of dried chilis!

  8. Andre Carter

    those are some nice pictures…u must have one of them magic cameras

  9. Brittany- 1st Period.

    I’m not a big fan of fancy soups, and such, but this soup looks delicious. It looks like it’s a very complicated dish, but while I was reading the ingredients, it looks quite simple. It requires a lot of shopping, haha 😉 Overall, looks like a delicious dish (:

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