Aroostook Potato & Broccoli Soup


4 cups peeled and diced all-purpose potatoes (about 4 medium-size)
2-1/2 cups chicken stock
1 large broccoli head, florets and stalks roughly chopped (about 3 cups)
1 cup whole milk
1 cup light cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Kosher or sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon butter (optional)


In a medium-size saucepan, cook potatoes in lightly salted water, covered, about 20 minutes, until tender.

In a large saucepan, combine chicken stock and broccoli. Cook, covered, about 10 minutes, until broccoli is tender. Remove from heat.

Drain potatoes. Place about 1 cup potatoes on a saucer and mash well with a fork.

Add mashed potatoes and remaining chopped cooked potatoes to broccoli mixture.

Add milk and cream. Heat gently until hot but not boiling. Add cheese and stir gently until melted and blended, about 2 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper; add butter if you like.


4 to 6 servings


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