recipe: potato and broccoli soup

Friday night, I was rummaging around in the kitchen trying to figure out what to make with the odds and ends still in the pantry.Luckily, I came across  this recipe from Food & Wine Magazine and it was the prefect dinner for a chilly winter’s evening.

potato and broccoli soup 1

You need:
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 3/4 pounds broccoli, thick stems peeled and diced (about 2 cups), tops cut into small florets (about 1 quart)
1 1/2 pounds boiling potatoes (about 5), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
3 cups water
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

potato and broccoli soup 2

How to make it:
In a large pot, melt the butter over moderately low heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes.

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.

In a food processor or blender, pulse the soup to a coarse puree. Return the soup to the pot and bring to a simmer. Add the broccoli florets and simmer until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan into the soup, and serve the soup topped with the remaining cheese.

potato and broccoli soup 3

Serve with some delightfully crusty bread. It keeps well in the refrigerator, but I’m not sure how long it will last in there. We polished off the last of the soup for lunch today.

*I used Joel’s brand new emersion blender to blend the soup and it worked perfectly.

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