soup night: broccoli cauliflower potato soup

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cold weather is here to stay, so bring on the soup.  at least once a week, we have a soup night.  my freezer is filled with one and two servings of soups, that we enjoy for several months.  here is a recipe from one of my favorite winter cookbooks.  the ski house cookbook was published in 2007 and includes recipes for breakfast through desserts, including beverages.  i have tried many of them and have always been pleased with the results.

this soup combines broccoli, cauliflower and potatoes.  i would think that frozen vegetables would work, and in fact, this time i used frozen broccoli.  in order to obtain a thick creamy consistency of the soup, i have only ever used fresh cauliflower.  and, as usual, i decrease the amounts suggested in the recipe, since i am not feeding a crowd. also, it is necessary to use an immersion blender to cream the soup at the end.  i would guess that a blender would work in batches, since this can be a tricky technique with hot liquids.  maybe, even  a hand mixer would work.  i used my immersion blender and the results are perfect.

here is how i made this soup:

heat a soup pot over medium heat and melt 2 tablespoons margarine.  add one finely chopped yellow onion and soften for about six minutes.  add one bag of frozen broccoli florets, along with 1/2 of a head of chopped fresh cauliflower, and 2 medium baking potatoes which have been peeled and sliced thinly.  add 4 cups of chicken broth or a bit more to cover the vegetables.  bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and cook on a simmer for 35 minutes.

remove from the heat and with an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth, adding 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fat-free half and half.  for a richer soup, heavy cream could be used.   season the soup with salt, pepper, or other favorites. i topped with a small spoon of fat-free sour cream.  any usual potato soup toppings could be used.

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hint and tip:  the soup does require seasoning.  these vegetables have little real taste when cooked.  so, don’t be afraid to add any spices that you like,  i have experimented and tried this soup with different flavors, and all have been tasty.

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