HEAVENLY BROCCOLI/POTATO SOUP

Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

This soup tastes absolutely heavenly; hence the name! I needed to use up some broccoli and some potatoes so I created this and I think I have found a real winner.
12-28-14

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
10 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This hearty, creamy soup will be a hit whenever served. The Test Kitchen loved the addition of broccoli, elevating this from a traditional potato soup. The flavors are balanced wonderfully and the cheese adds the perfect creaminess. The smokey bacon on top provides a final pop of flavor. We did add an additional 1/2 cup of chicken broth to thin the soup out as we originally thought it was a bit thick. Overall, this is delicious!

Ingredients

3 c
fresh or frozen broccoli florets
2 large
potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp
butter
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1 small
onion, chopped
2 clove
garlic, minced
2 c
chicken broth
2 c
half and half
1/2 to 1 tsp
salt, as desired
1/4 tsp
pepper
1 pinch
summer savory
1 pinch
thyme, dried
1/8 tsp
paprika
1/4 tsp
worcestershire sauce
2 c
shredded triple cheddar with a touch of Philadelphia
6 slice
bacon, cooked and crumbled
croutons for garnish, if desired

Step-By-Step

1In separate saucepans, cook the potatoes and broccoli in boiling salted water, covered, until tender, about 10 minutes for each; drain and set aside.
2Meanwhile, saute the onion in butter until tender, then add the garlic. When the garlic becomes aromatic, after about 1 to 2 minutes, stir in the flour and blend well. Gradually add the chicken broth and half and half, stirring constantly until it begins to get thick. If it gets too thick, add a little more liquid. Remember, the cheese will add thickness as well.
3Stir in seasonings and the cheese, heating over low heat. When the cheese is melted, add the potatoes and broccoli.
4Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp; drain and crumble. Add bacon to the soup and stir thoroughly.
5Ladle the soup into bowls; garnish with croutons and bacon bits.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cream Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Collection: Soup's On!