Maine’s Aroostook County was at one time known as the potato-growing capital of America. The pride of Maine takes center stage in this stick-to-your-ribs fall and winter warming Potato and Broccoli Soup.
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 butter and stir gently until melted and blended, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.