Aroostook Potato And Broccoli Soup

Potato and Broccoli Soup
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


4 cups peeled and diced all-purpose potatoes (about 4 medium)
2 cups chicken stock or 2 chicken bouillon cubes and 2 cups water
1 large head broccoli, stalks removed, roughly chopped
1 cup milk
1 cup light cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese or 6 slices American cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter (optional)


In a medium saucepan, cook potatoes in lightly salted water, covered, 10 to 15 minutes, until tender. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock (or dissolve bouillon cubes in water over medium heat) and broccoli. Cook, covered, about 10 minutes, until broccoli is very tender. Remove from heat. Using a large spoon, chop the broccoli into fairly small pieces against the side of the pot.

Drain the potatoes. Place about 1 cup potatoes on a saucer and mash well with a fork. (These will thicken the soup.) Add the mashed potatoes and remaining chopped cooked potatoes to the broccoli mixture, along with the milk and cream. Heat gently until hot but not boiling. Add the cheese and stir gently until melted and well blended. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste; add the butter, if necessary.


4 to 6 servings

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Family and I loved this soup! It was a bit too thick—so I added about 2 cups of the potato water to it. Delicious! Only complaint: Doesn’t make enough! I will double the recipe next time!

Milk substitute for Aroostook Potato and Broccoli Soup

For those wanting or needing to avoid dairy in this soup. I would substitute Ripple Milk and Ripple Half and Half. It's made from white pea protein and wonderful as a substitute when cooking and in coffee. I have made mashed potatoes with it and they were yummy!


I’ve made this recipe a few times. It is really delicious, filling and easy to make. Thank you

Substitute for potatoes

I do not eat potatoes, but I was wondering if I could sub radishes for the potatoes since cooked radishes taste a lot like potatoes.

Substitute for dairy

What can I substitute for the milk and cream ?

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Hi, Carol. If you are concerned about dairy you could substitute both the milk and cream with a milk alternative such as oat or soy milk. The resulting soup will not be as rich, but will still be delicious.

I have a half sack of

I have a half sack of potatoes and some garlic going sideways .. this is handy .. and one of those recipes that is easy to remember.

Potato (and broccoli) soup

Potato (and broccoli) soup without either onions or garlic?!? What's the kitchen coming to? I'll try it, but I can almost guarantee that what comes out of the pot will taste very different than what's on the page!

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A recipe is like a road map. It is only there as a suggestion. Then you decide if you want the short-cut or the scenic route..

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This is very, very good! I make it thick so I can cover chicken breasts and bake them for a heavenly flavor and tons of nutrition. – Anonymous Review

Simple to make - simply delicious!! Nice on a cold night. – Anonymous Review

Yummy!!!! I have made it 3 times already. PS: my husband is from Aroostook County... Van Buren Maine... Dawn – Reviewed by Dawn Arciere

All of my friends enjoy it too. Thank You. – Anonymous Review

This was a very easy and tasty recipe. Although it serves eight, two of us finished it off in two nights! Definitely worth trying. – Anonymous Review

Delicious even slimmed down. I used skim milk and fat free half and half. I also used 2% cheese and it was still the best. – Reviewed by lynda laroche

Loved it – Reviewed by Rhonda Holcomb

Great soup! Hearty and tasty. – Anonymous Review

Keep making this great recipe and have given copies to everyone I know! The potatoes and broccoli combination is super....enjoy! – Reviewed by Viv St.Hilaire

Simple, quick, and delicious. I put some grilled chicken breast in mine to satisfy my carnivorous husband. The kids loved it too! – Reviewed by cynthia basden