Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Baked Potato Soup with Cheddar and Broccoli

We're having quite a warm-up here in Minneapolis with temperatures reaching 40 F (yes, people here consider 40 warm, we are actually starting to see people in shorts). But we know that March is also the snowiest month of the year so we aren't ready to give up our winter soups yet.
#60 - Baked Potato Soup with Cheddar & Broccoli
I bookmarked this Quick Broccoli Potato Soup for Two at Fake Food Free at couple weeks ago as a way to use up bag of frozen cut broccoli in the freezer. When I mentioned I was going to make this to Matt he wanted me to add some cheddar cheese too it. The original recipe had added smoked paprika to the soup to give it some smokiness & I have to say I really liked that flavor in here, especially with the cheese. By puréeing the potatoes into with the broth, the soup turned really creamy with very little milk added. We served it with some hard pretzel bites which were great crumbled into the soup for a little crunchiness plus, cheddar & pretzels, yum!

Baked Potato Soup with Cheddar & Broccoli
(adapted from Fake Food Free)

4 large russet potatoes
1 T olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 t salt
pepper
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 t smoked paprika
4 c vegetable or chicken stock
1 c frozen chopped broccoli, slightly thawed
2 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 c milk

Bake the potatoes either in the oven or microwave until soft. Let cool & then peel off the skins.

In soup pot heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions & garlic & cook until the onions are translucent. Stir in the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes & paprika. Add the chicken stock and potatoes. Purée either in the blender or with an immersion blender until creamy.

Chop the broccoli to small pieces. Add to the soup & cook until heated through. Add the cheddar cheese & milk. Heat while stirring until the cheese is completely melted & the soup is hot.

4 - 5 servings.

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14 comments:

dawn said...

it's snowing here :-( we've had 8 straight weeks of snow. i'm so ready for 40 degrees.
you have a lot of good soup recipes--you need to make a cookbook on soups. seriously!

jillian said...

It is still snowing here too! This sounds great and I like how it doesnt sound too heavy.

Beth said...

It's still quite cold here so will be enjoying soups for a little bit longer yet....shorts!!!!!

Elle said...

I love potato soup, and the addition of cheddar was genius! It looks so comforting!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

40 degrees is frigid to this California girl. I don't wear shorts here until it gets to 90!

That soup looks great. I'll have to try it out. I love broccoli and cheddar together.

grace said...

almost entirely masked by potatoes and cheese--yes, this is an ideal way to consume broccoli. :)

Lori said...

Love what you did with this. The cheddar is a nice match and I've never thought of crumbled pretzels with my soup. Great idea!

Sorry to hear that March is your snowiest month. We are having a cold spell, but will likely start seeing signs of spring in a couple weeks or so. As much as I enjoyed winter, I am looking forward to it.

Sook said...

Oh i love potato soup! This looks yummy!

Peter M said...

Soups are standard fare for me in winter and your Minnesota senses have soothed me once again.

Kelly said...

If you are into smoked spices, check out www.smokefinefoods.com - we use the smoked cracked pepper on almost everything these days, but it's particularly amazing with anything tomato.

Lori said...

This is a tastey soup I imagine. I like the little pretzels on the side. I bet they tasted good with this soup.

Maris said...

We're getting the same warm-up in Chicago. It will just be even more painful when it snows again!

Great soup, I love broccoli/cheddar/potato combo.

EAT! said...

We had a soup-filled weekend last week. Our favorite soups are potato and broccoli cheddar - what a great idea to combine them.

Deborah said...

It was about 50 degrees here today, but I still would have enjoyed a bowl of this for dinner!

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