Monday, September 16, 2013

Potato Broccoli Cheese Soup





You can finally feel a touch of fall in the air. The beginning of last week we still had weather in the high 80s, but this week they are predicting low 70s and high 60s. I love this kind of weather, it is perfect for me. The lower temperatures are really making think of comfort foods and soup is definitely at the top of the list.

Although I like to make soup all year round, the fall really gets me craving this comfort food all the more. Which brings me to the potato broccoli cheese soup. We had planted two broccoli plants in the garden this year so I had a ton of broccoli sitting in the fridge. When you pick a head of broccoli off the plant it starts growing more little heads... leaving you with lots and lots of broccoli.

So with a touch of fall in the air and broccoli in the fridge, soup was the answer. I made a few changes to the recipe. The flavor was wonderful and I took it for lunch at work during the week, it had me looking forward for lunch each and every day.



Potato Broccoli Cheese Soup (Source: adapted from skinnyingtaste.com)
Ingredients:
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 celery stalk, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 tablespoons flour
5 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth
2 cups milk
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
Salt and pepper to taste
6 cups broccoli florets chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Directions:
1. Chop onions, carrots, celery, garlic.
2. In a large soup pot, heat olive oil. Add chopped vegetables and saute over low heat until, soft, about 5 minutes.
3. Add flour, salt and pepper to the pot and stir until smooth.
4. Add chicken broth, milk, and potatoes and turn up the heat to medium high until it comes to a boil, then cover and cook on low until the potatoes are soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Add broccoli florets, Parmesan cheese and stir well. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Cook uncovered until broccoli is cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the cheddar cheese, stir well and remove from heat.
Serve and enjoy!



17 comments:

  1. I'm with you on that, soup is my autumn/winter craving. In fact i had soup for tea a lot this weekend as it's freezing over here. This looks gorgeous though, I can imagine wrapping myself around it on a cold night in :)

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  2. Mmm, that sounds so yummy, on my 'to make' list. Thanks Have a good week. Diane

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  3. Two of my favorite soups in one - love it!

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  4. This looks like the ultimate comfort food! So stick to your ribs good!

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  5. Hi Dawn, your creamy soup look so inviting. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a nice day.

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  6. Comforting and delicious. I love this soup!

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  7. Hot soup and a crusty French Loaf is my favorite fall and winter dinner. I've had broccoli soup and I've had Potato soup, but never one with potato and broccoli. Can't wait.

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  8. Looks appetizing & a comforting meal! YUM!

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  9. I've never thought of combining the potatoes with the broccoli. Delicious and hearty, too!

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  10. A bowl of warming and delicious comfort, Dawn.

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  11. Yes! It's finally beginning to cool down here and soup sounds just perfect right now. This looks creamy and delicious. Thank you for sharing!

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  12. Although here fall is very hot, I would love to have a bowl of this beautifully made soup! Very comforting and hearty!

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  13. We've been making soups, too. Love the combo of potato and broccoli. Although what doesn't go with potato? ;-) Good stuff - thanks.

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  14. Sounds like a fantastic soup! I think soup weather has arrived...I'm delighted to have a new recipe to try :)

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