Cooking with Aubrey

Broccoli and Potato Soup

For my son’s truck themed birthday party, I created a Construct Your Own Mashed Potato bar. It was wonderful. A double batch of mashed potatoes, kept warm in the slow cooker and bowls of topping, including sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, chili and broccoli. I should have made a triple batch. I waffled back and forth about adding broccoli, but wanted to give people the option to get more veggies in their diet. Surprisingly, it was a well-received addition.

Broccoli and potatoes are a great combination. I love this soup as the fall chill starts to roll in. The heartiness comes in part from the broccoli stems that are simmered along with the potatoes, rather than discarded. This recipe is similar to one of my all-time favorite soups, Smitten Kitchen’s Baked Potato Soup .However this week’s recipe has an abundance of broccoli, upping its health factor and supplying you with a serving of vegetables.

Broccoli and Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2-3 leeks, chopped (or 1 onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ¾ lb broccoli, thick stems peeled and chopped (about 2 cups) tops cut into small florets
  • (about 4 cups)
  • 1 ½ lb potatoes (about 5), cut into 1” cubes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ¾ tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup grated cheese (Parmesan or cheddar)

Directions:

  1. In a large pot melt the butter. Add the leeks and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, broccoli stems, potatoes, broth, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are almost tender, about 10 minutes
  3. Using a blender or immersion blender, pulse the soup until a coarse puree. Let the soup return to a simmer and add the broccoli florets and simmer until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir ¼ cup of grated cheese into the soup. Serve in bowls topped with the remaining cheese.

Adapted from: Quick From Scratch: Soups & Salads

Aubrey SchultzAubrey Schulz is a certified nutrition and triathlon coach with Get Out N Play. She works with clients to help them reach their nutritional and athletic goals, in the kitchen, out on the road and in the water! Plus she's knowledgeable about how essential oils can boost your wellness and fitness. You can reach her at aubrey@getoutnplay.biz

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