Tuesday, December 9, 2008


we've been eating a lot of soup lately. it's cheap and filling and hot, and we're poor and (at dinnertime) hungry and cold. we've had rabbit soup, chili, and cheese, potato and broccoli soup this week. i'm going to share the cheese, broccoli and potato soup recipe with you.

note: all measurements and times are approximate since i hate measuring and timing things.

you will need:
  • potatoes
  • milk
  • water
  • broccoli
  • cheese
  • salt
  • pepper

  1. peel and chop up 4 - 6 potatoes
  2. put them in a pot with 1/2 milk and 1/2 stock (soymilk and ricemilk don't work very well for this. i had to go to the store and get the smallest milk i could find. i haven't bought milk in at least a year. it felt odd.) (i used water instead of stock, it was fine)
  3. simmer until the potatoes are cooked. simmer time depends on how small you chopped your taters. a lid on the pot is helpful.
  4. while they're simmering chop up 1-2 cups of broccoli very fine. also shred about a cup of cheese. i like sharp cheddar, personally. and i used 2 cups of cheese because i'm a cheese fiend, but i don't think it needed it.
  5. take about a cup of potatoes out of the pot and set them aside.
  6. dump the contents of the pot into the blender and puree.
  7. put the glop back into the pot. it's hard to get it out of the blender, since it's thick, so add some milk and slosh it around until you can get most of it out.
  8. add the broccoli to the pot and as much milk as you need to keep it the right consistencey. i had to keep adding milk because it kept getting too thick.
  9. cook the soup for a few minutes. less than 10, probably.
  10. add in the potatoes you set aside before in step 5.
  11. cook for another couple of minutes.
  12. add in the cheese, plus some pepper and maybe some salt.
  13. take it off the heat.
  14. stir in the beautifully melting cheese.
  15. serve right away, possibly with these biscuits.
  16. enjoy!
see, i made it look all complicated and hard because i gave it 16 steps, but in reality it's very fast, easy, and idiotproof. and delicious. did i mention delicious?

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