Monday, January 31, 2011

Creamy, Non Dairy, Broccoli Soup

It's the potato that makes this soup creamy without having to add cream. This also makes it diet friendly.
The whole family loves this one. I hope you do too.

You'll need:
Olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bunches of broccoli (they sell them 2 stalks to a bag at my store), cut into pieces, stalk and all.
3 medium to large white potatoes. Peeled and diced.
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth (I use our home made turkey broth)
½ tsp nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
chopped green onion or chives

Cook the onion until soft in the olive oil.
Add the garlic and cook until it starts to take on some color.
Add the broccoli and potatoes.
Add the broth.
Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.
Simmer until the vegetables are tender.
Use your handy dandy hand blender to puree the soup. You can also use a regular blender or food processor and do it in batches then return to the pot.
Heat through once more and season to taste.
Top with chives or green onion. (This step goes a long way to adding flavor for me. B4 the addition of the onion I usually find the soup to be missing something).
Serve hot and enjoy!

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