18.5.11

Potato-Blu Cheese and Broccoli Soup {low-fat}


Many of you may have gotten over soup recipes the minute the weather reached 70 degrees outdoors. Here in Phoenix however, it is only cold outside for like 3 weeks out of the year, and that's if you consider 55 degrees on a bright, sunny day cold. So when the weather decides to be all freaky and bi-polar and it is cold, overcast and even windy outside.... we make soup. I literally get giddy at the chance to actually enjoy a hot bowl of comforting soup which can only be truly appreciated when it is chilly and overcast outside in my opinion.

I loved this soup so much that I am seriously thinking of ways to cheat the system. I'm thinking of covering all the windows in thick drapes, turning the air conditioning down to 50 degrees, putting on my fuzzy slippers and making this again in July. Totally grand idea!



The blu cheese was a fabulously unexpected addition to this classic comfort soup. I'm so glad I decided to give blu cheese another chance. I didn't care for it at all in my 20's and now it's one of my favorite treats.
The fresh thyme really brought out all the flavors of the vegetables and just made this soup my new favorite, simple dish. Crispy bacon sprinkled on top of the potato soup had everyone scraping their bowls for the
 very last drop.


Slowly infusing the thyme and garlic in the oil before sauteeing the leeks really kicks up the flavor
and adds a gourmet yet rustic flavour in every bite.





Is the weather acting weird where you live?




You Will Need:

1 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium leek, thinly sliced 
2-3 cloves garlic smashed
3 small-medium russet potatoes, diced
4-6 sprigs fresh Thyme plus more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon table salt 
1/2 teaspoon grey sea salt
6 cups chicken broth,  preferabley homemade
3 cups broccoli florets 
1/4 cup almond milk 
Freshly ground black pepper
Cooked and Crumbled Bacon
Crumbled Blue Cheese for Topping

 

To Make:

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the oil, garlic and thyme sprigs. Let them sit in the low heat so that the flavors infuse into the oil, about 8 minutes.  Turn up the heat to medium-high, add the leek and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes, broccoli,  table salt, and broth and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook uncovered until the potato is fork tender, about 10 minutes.

Carefully, puree the soup in batches in a blender or with an immersion blender {I love mine}. Return soup to the pot and add the almond milk. Bring to a simmer, taste, and season with French Grey sea salt and cracked pepper.

Ladel into individual bowls and sprinkle bacon and blue cheese and more chopped thyme if you please over top.






20 comments:

  1. Potato-blu cheese and broccoli soup ? please count me in. I can imagine the whole falvours mixed together. Would be a wonderful dish to taste.

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  2. Hi Gwen, Just found your blog through Kalyn's Kitchen. Love your attitude on eating and health. Although I cannot eat this lovely soup (health reasons) it looks very good.

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  3. Our weather here in Toronto couldn't be any wackier these days. And since it's been cold and rainy almost every day I could definitely get away with making this soup right now. It looks delicious!

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  4. I was just asking my mom if she has a recipe for broccoli soup (It's not common to have this in my part of the world) and here you are... sharing a great recipe! thanks!

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  5. Oh my goodness this looks delicious, I think I could eat this ALL year round, nevermind the weather. I love the idea of almond milk, and the blue cheese - well - delicious!
    Mary

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  6. Faith, thank you I hope you try it and like it!

    Chris, thanks for stopping by (I've stopped by your site and said hi too)What ingredient in the soup is not working for you?

    Jan, dang I would eat soup every single day if I lived there! ;)

    FGF, Yaaaaay! Glad you stopped by and I could help. ;) Enjoy.

    Mary, thank you! the almond mild really cuts down on calories and fat while still adding protein, vitamins and creaminess. enjoy.

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  7. Substituting almond milk for cow's milk or cream makes this a great recipe for individuals following a dairy-free diet.

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  8. This look delicious, and I bet they are wonderful in any kind of weather! Almond milk sounds really interesting, have never tried it in soups before!

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  9. Here in Sydney it was beautiful autumn's day, sunny and warm! This soup sounds perfect for the cooler months though!

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  10. How funny we relate our food (and post) to the weather. And I like how you cheat the system with thick drapes...LOL

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  11. Oh the weather. Let's not discuss it. it's too all over the place to make any rational statements about. Which is why I just eat soup all the time, whenever I feel like it.

    And with blue cheese and potatoes...I totally feel like it.

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  12. Yumm! That soup looks pretty delicious, especially for here on the East Coast, where we are on our 6th (yes 6th) day of being in the rainy 50's. Luckily, I was in FL in the sun and 80s but next weeks looks pretty gloomy too so I might just have to whip up some of this delicious soup!

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  13. Wow! I guess I am ignorant about the weather across the country (U.S.). Glad I posted this! ;)

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  14. Love this soup; so perfect n' clean and simple. I love your gluten-free blog and so happy to have found it. Keep up the amazing work; really enjoying your delicious recipes and hope to connect with you soon.

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  15. oh yum! what a great soup!

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  16. Looks delicious and healthy. You can't go wrong with bacon and blue cheese :)

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  17. Hi Gwen, What a creamy and tasty soup! Beautiful-combination of flavors and textures- I'm a fan of blue cheese and your lovely soup is on my list to try now :)

    Have a great day,

    Aldy.

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  18. Wow, what a winning combination. I bet the blue cheese does wonders with broccoli.

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  19. We are just hot. Hot, hot, hot. I can't wait to visit Colorado next week. I'm in need of some cooler weather. Maybe I can make this soup for my family! I know I can't wait to give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for sharing this deliciousness...I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Hugs from Austin!

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  20. We are just hot. Hot, hot, hot. I can't wait to visit Colorado next week. I'm in need of some cooler weather. Maybe I can make this soup for my family! I know I can't wait to give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for sharing this deliciousness...I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Hugs from Austin!

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