Saturday, December 10, 2011
Baked Potato Soup with Broccoli and Cheddar
I recently picked this cook book up by Frances Price, R.D. I found it at Goodwill and it looked perfect for me. It has a lot of great recipes and portions them to serve 1 or 2 or sometimes 2 or 4. I love it.
The first recipe I chose to make is baked potato soup with broccoli and cheddar:
I cannot tell you how absolutely easy this was. It is perfect for a weeknight and would go great with a piece of steak or chicken. This is also a nice dish to get kids or picky eaters (my husband not included) to eat their veggies!
You only need a few things, which you probably already have in your pantry and fridge. You need milk, shredded cheese, frozen broccoli or cauliflower (or both), baked potato, salt and pepper and my secret ingredient - nutmeg.
I baked the potatoes the night before, following a tip in the book so you aren't baking for an hour. Toss the potatoes in the microwave for 6 minutes on high. Take them out and put them in a 400 degree oven for another 15 minutes and they will be baked perfectly. I actually just used my toaster oven.
I put them in the fridge overnight and then chopped them up when I got home from work. That is all the prep you have to do!
Put the potatoes in the blender with the milk and process until smooth.
Throw in the frozen veggies, I used broccoli and cauliflower. I used the ice crusher setting since they were frozen and pulsed away.
I took a bite of this cold and it was already amazing. Get it in the pot and season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Give it a stir and heat over medium until it comes to a boil.
Remove it from the heat and stir in the cheese and you are done. That seriously took like 10 minutes.
I garnished with a little more cheese and dug in. This soup was very thick and rich, with so few ingredients. If you wanted to thin it out to be more 'soupy' just add more milk while heating it up. I actually liked the fact it tasted like a bowl of creamy mashed baked potatoes. This is perfect for cold weather and is ready in no time!