I feel like I have way too many soup recipes. In fact, I know that I do. But soup is just so good. Soup is like a bowl of warm hugs. It requests you wear your most comfortable sweatshirt and socks. It prefers to be eaten on the couch under a blanket. It loves the company of a warm, buttered biscuit or a soft dinner roll. It is flexible and is willing to spend a day or two in the refrigerator until you can warm it through again. It likes a good movie and a snowy night. Forget dogs, soup is man's best friend.
Here is a creamy potato soup made with red potatoes instead of the traditional russets normally used in potato soup. Then there are little gems of bright green broccoli throughout. For the cheese lovers among us, which I know are most of you, at the end of cooking, stir in a cup of shredded cheddar cheese into the soup instead of just garnishing with cheese. It will add a nice cheesy zing you cheese people like.
1 head broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 onion, diced
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
A few grinds black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp thyme
6-8 red potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
6-8 cups chicken or vegetable stock, enough to cover the potatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
Shredded cheddar cheese for serving
In a steaming basket or pan, steam the broccoli until just fork tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
In a large pot, add olive oil and butter. Once the oil runs quickly in the pan and the butter is melted, add onion, salt and pepper. Stir well and saute until lightly browned. Add garlic and thyme and saute for one minute more. Add the potatoes and stock. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Boil for 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove pot from heat and using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until small chunks remain and the soup is thickened.
Stir in steamed broccoli and heavy cream. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve with cheddar cheese on top of each serving.
Yields 6 servings.
Rookie's Notes: I debated cooking the broccoli in the soup, but I didn't think it would work well because the soup is quite thick. And I didn't want the broccoli to get overcooked and too soft. So it is steamed separately and then stirred in.
I didn't peel the red potatoes because I like the texture they add. Do what you will.
FYI, I am working on a dynamite post about how to make soup out of anything. I am pretty excited about it. I know, pathetic. I am excited about a post about soup. My life must be so dull. Anyways, it's going to be good. Look out for it.
One more thing, I just thought I should tell you that right now, I am feeling this baby kick for the first time. And I love it. I forgot how fun that first kick feels. Just a light flutter. In 2 weeks, I go to the doctor for the first time. Should be finding out who this little baby is. Jack claims it is a girl. Ethan claims boy. Van just says baby. Me? I truly don't know. I am so excited to find out.