Black Rice Soup With Broccoli and Basil

Serves: 4
Takes: 40 mins

A warming and simple soup. Cooking the stock with the black rice produces an extraordinary deep magenta colour. A feast for the eyes and palate.

When To Eat

We recommend eating this dish from late January through to late April. British purple sprouting broccoli has a notoriously short season but is delicious when it appears.


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Name Amount KG CO2e
Black Rice 150 g 0.573
Onion 1 Medium 0.075
Leek 1 Large 0.175
Carrot 2 Medium 0.18
Potato 1 Medium 0.094
Celery 2 Sticks 0.05
Garlic 1 Clove 0.016
Purple Sprouting Broccoli 300 g 0.1
Vegetable Stock 1000 ml 0.583
Fresh Rosemary (de-stalked and finely chopped) 1 Tablespoon 0.021
Fresh Thyme (de-stalked and finely chopped) 1 Tablespoon 0.021
Bay Leaf 1 Leaf 0.008
Fresh Basil 2 Tablespoons 0.042
Pine Nuts 40 g 0.064
Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons 0.141

This meal is around 81% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.4 kg CO2e per person.
  • That's equivalent to the emissions produced driving 19.85km in a modern car.


  • Dice the carrot & potato into rough small pieces, roughly half a centimeter in size. Finely chop the leek, onion and garlic. Heat the olive in a pan over a medium heat. Add the Leek, onion and garlic and sweat for around 2 - 3 minutes. Then add the carrot, potato, rosemary and thyme and cook for a further 3 - 4 minutes. Finally add the black rice, increase the heat, and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the stock and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, then cover and cook at a simmer for about 30 - 40 minutes or until the rice is soft. Stir every so often so the rice cooks evenly. But you can mostly just leave to do it’s thing.
  • When the rice is done, season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Trim and halve the broccoli, then boil in a pan using a small amount of water. They should take no more than 2 minutes to cook. Remove from the heat and drain. Serve the soup into individual bowls, dollop a generous helping of the broccoli on each. Finally, slice the basil into thin ribbons and sprinkle with the pine nuts over each bowl.
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