I love potato soup, any kind, any vegetable combo. Potatoes provide a natural creaminess to soup that is just soooooooo….good…. Broccoli Potato Soup is an old favorite of ours that we don’t make often enough, so I decided to share it with you. Not only is this an all-vegetarian dish, it is absolutely delicious! And so comforting after a long day. If you’re a vegan, just leave out the cheese! Although I don’t know why anyone would ever not eat cheese, you won’t hear me stopping you! By all means, starve yourself of cheese and butter, they’re only the best dairy products out there. But you didn’t hear it from me. Of course, there’s also sour cream, eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, cream-cheese, mascarpone cheese….cheesy cheese….. Sigh. This episode of Delicious Food 101 features The Health Inspector and Friar Tyst.

The Chef: “Friar Tyst,  your thoughts on the soup?” Friar Tyst: “I thought it was green.” The Chef: “Yes, well, besides that.” Friar Tyst: “I thought it was greeeeennnnnn…..” The Chef: “Sigh.”

The Chef: “Mr. Health Inspector, please tell me that you have a better rating?” The Health Inspector: “It was strangely edible.” The Chef: “That’s certainly an original opinion, anything else?” The Health Inspector: “It was like some kind of good thing….good stuff….” The Chef: “Hmmmm.”

You can’t make this stuff up! Those were their exact answers! Oh well, we love them anyway.:)

The Ingredients: 12 oz. broccoli florets, 7-8 red potatoes, 4 cups vegetable broth (bouillon and water), 2 additional cups of water, 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese, 1 tsp. basil, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tsp. garlic, 1/2 tsp. cumin.

Peel and dice the potatoes into 2 to 3 inch chunks. Add the potato chunks, vegetable broth, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes. Halve the broccoli florets. Add the spices and chopped broccoli to the pot, cook for an additional ten minutes. Puree half of soup in the bowl of your food processor or blender, adding it back to the pot when you are finished. You will probably have to do it in more than one batch. Add the cheese and allow it to melt over low heat. Serve while warm.

Ahhhh, just looking at this soup comforts me, I hope that your family enjoys it as much as mine did! The green color means that it is healthy, do not be afraid.

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