Monday, October 3, 2011

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

My weekend rocked! You know why? I didn't have to cook. I had one of those Fridays where I chopped so many of our CSA veggies, that I had enough for 2 soups.

I decided to make a chili with ground beef, and a cheesy potato broccoli soup--with beer. Both turned out fantastic and we ate soup all weekend. Bonus: I realized as I tasted the first bite of the broccoli soup that all of the ingredients were local. Love local!

There was even enough for lunch today:) Leaving plenty of time to______. (Blog, procrastinate, Facebook, tweet, tickle my son, go to the park..)

What do you do when you have a few spare minutes and dinner is made?

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

8-10 small potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 head broccoli roughly chopped
1 large leek sliced
1 white onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
about 4 oz Hooks medium cheddar cheese grated
6 oz yummy local beer
1/4 cup 1/2 and 1/2
salt, pepper
marjoram (or was it tarragon?and was it local?)

Sautee onions in oil til soft
Add leeks and garlic and sautee quickly
Add sliced potatoes, sautee some more
Add water to cover potatoes.
Simmer until just soft (about 15 minutes).
Use immersion blender to blend the soup at this point.
Add broccoli, salt/bullion, herbs and beer.
Simmer til broccoli is tender, about 10 more minutes.
Add grated cheese and half-and-half and stir.
Season with salt and black pepper.


Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

lovely soup :-) great for fall must try cooking with beer

Otehlia said...

yes, beer, wine, brandy--it's all good:).

Kitchen Butterfly said...

2 minutes to spare... I look for something to cook. Or sit down! Extremes I know. Soup is good....looking forward to cooking some up.

thriftydabbler said...

Soups make Fall and Winter so much more tolerable. And they are so easy to make. Add a sandwich or crackers, and the meal is complete :D Good idea, Otehlia !