It was about 5 pm and we didn't really have anything in the house to make for dinner. I definitely didn't feel like going shopping, so I started digging through the fridge to see what I could make. Soup is always really comforting on cold nights, isn't it?
This recipe is super easy, even if you're not a cooking kind of person. And the total cook time is about 30 minutes. You'll need:
- about 6 small potatoes, peeled and quartered
- one bag of broccoli florets, or about 2 heads of broccoli
- a box of chicken or vegetable stock
- pepper and kosher salt
- half and half
First, boil the potatoes in a large pot of water until they're soft. Since they're quartered, it doesn't take that long. After that, dump some water out. This isn't an exact science, just enough to cover the potatoes. Next, add the broccoli and the box of chicken or vegetable stock. If you're making this a gluten-free meal, always make sure that the stock you buy is gluten-free! Why would stock need to have gluten in it? It doesn't. It's completely stupid. But I've learned that even things that shouldn't have gluten often do, so checking is extremely important.
Boil the potato, broccoli and stock mixture until the broccoli starts to soften. Once the broccoli turns a nice dark green is usually when I stop. Add salt and pepper to taste. When everything is done boiling, I add in about 1/4 cup of half and half. If you're trying tot cut calories or are vegan or dairy sensitive, leave this out. It's not necessary, but just makes the soup really creamy.
Finally, ladle small batches of soup into a blender and blend until creamy. Put everything back into the pot and stir well. Add a dollop of creme fraiche to the bowl for added flavor/muffin top enhancement.
This picture has nothing to do with soup, but I just thought I'd add it. Since this is my first real winter, (being a Florida and Southern California girl) this is the first time I've ever really seen leaves change color and fall off the trees. Seriously. So, this is also the first time that I've gotten to see all the bird nests that spring left behind. This little nest is in the tree right in front of our house. All over our neighborhood, I see these and wonder if they'll be used again eventually, or if birds will insist upon building new homes. I suppose I'll have to wait until spring to know for sure.