Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Quick Broccoli Potato Soup for Two



Potatoes have been on sale around here lately so I left the supermarket earlier this week hauling out a 10 lb. bag. Now I’ve given myself the challenge of figuring out what to do with them while maintaining their nutritional value as much as possible. I happen to be a big fan of potatoes and feel they have a lot to offer such as vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. Not to mention they are filling and hearty on a cold day.

I pulled out a Weight Watchers cookbook my mother-in-law got for me several years ago, called Dining for Two. I used it a lot before I boxed it up during our move abroad. Now, although the pages are bit bent from storage the recipes remain so I decided to modify a potato soup I used to make a lot.

The soup has a delicious flavor and even with the changes I made it still remains a favorite. I didn’t have any bacon and the original recipe calls for two slices. I decided to add in some smoked paprika with the seasonings which really made up for any lack of smoky flavor. I’ve also always liked this Baked Potato and Broccoli Soup from Itzy’s Kitchen so I knew I couldn’t go wrong with adding in some leftover broccoli I had on hand.

The best part about this soup is that if you have your broccoli and potatoes previously cooked in the form of leftovers, it is so quick to make. Even without baked potatoes ready I still got it done quickly. I stuck mine in the microwave, let them cool a bit and they were ready to chop up for the soup.

Quick Broccoli Potato Soup for Two

1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
2 cups chicken stock (homemade if you have it)
2 large baked potatoes, chopped
1 cup cooked broccoli, chopped
1/3 cup milk (I used 2%, half & half would work too)


In a medium-sized pot, heat the olive oil then add onion and garlic. Cook until the onions are almost translucent, about 3 minutes on medium to medium-high heat. Stir in salt, peppers and paprika. Add chicken stock and heat for about 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes gently breaking some of them up in the process. Add broccoli and continue to cook until soup is heated through. Stir in milk, continue to heat through about 3 to 5 more minutes. Serves 2.




This post has been submitted to Souper Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen.

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14 comments:

Daily Spud said...

Well how could I not like that :)

I particularly like the smoked paprika in there - I have some in my spice cupboard and absolutely love it. Must remember to use some the next time I'm making potato soup!

janet said...

Looks great, love the smoked paprika:)

Tamara Marnell said...

To my chagrin, my boyfriend likes neither broccoli nor potatoes (unless they're fried or thouroughly roasted). This may end up being a soup for one, plus lunch the next day :p

Cookie said...

I love that this recipe only makes 2 servings since there are only 2 of us in the house! I know reheated soup is good but just not the same as piping hot from the stop. I love the combination of broccoli and potato too!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

I just love a creamy soup like this full of veggies and nice smoky flavors. So warming and comforting!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

I have two sweet potatoes sitting in the fridge and now I'm thinking...soup!

Debinhawaii said...

I love how you added the broccoli and the smoked paprika (one of my favorites). It looks very creamy and good!

dining room tables said...

Nice thing you added smoked paprika there. I like it. I also have some potatoes in here so I probably be making this tonight.

kat said...

This is great! I wasn't sure what to make for lunch tomorrow but now I know!

Maris said...

This sounds really good. I bought a whole bunch of broccoli on sale yesterday and was looking for something to do with it besides my usual, steam or saute. Good idea!

my spatula said...

broccoli and potatoes are both resting happily in my kitchen. now i know what needs to be done with them. your soup looks just perfect! thank u!

cathy said...

YUM! I'll bet that my kids would even like this soup! Thanks for sharing, Lori.

Lori said...

So glad you liked the soup. It was actually my first time using smoked paprika. I've been having a hard time finding it. It tasted great in the soup though.

Tangled Noodle said...

The best part about this is its creaminess without actually using heavy cream! It's amazing that I've learned to love broccoli but I do; coupled with potato in a tummy-warming soup, it's irresistible!