Friday, January 2, 2009

Cream of Potato and Broccoli Soup

Ah, the news year is here. I am desperately trying to ignore the fact that I have two courses to teach on Monday, starting at 8:30 in the morning. Gack! On the other hand, it is high time the kids stop kicking around the house and get back to school. I am not really one for new year's resolutions, so I think I will just try to keep on keepin' on (as a wise man once said). 2009 promises to bring many new challenges, not the least of which is a 4th addition to our Vegan Family. Yep. 4 kids. Wow, eh? My very own vegan commune. If your kids are like mine, they like broccoli and they like potatoes. Why not put them together in a creamy soup? I keep the skins on for this recipe, but you can peel your potatoes if that is more your style.

INGREDIENTS
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 large sweet onion, small dice
- 1 stalk celery, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4-5 medium red potatoes, skins on, small dice
- 1 cup water, or veggie broth
- 3 cups plain soy milk
- 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup soy creamer, or coconut milk cream (i.e. place a can of coconut milk in the fridge to let the fat separate from the water)
- salt and pepper to taste

METHOD
1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onions, celery, and garlic for 5 mins, until softened. Add potatoes and saute for 2 mins.
2. Add water and soy milk to the pot (should cover most of the potatoes--add more if needed). Bring to bubbling, then lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 mins, until potatoes are soft.
3. Remove half of the soup from the pot and blend until smooth. Return to pot along with the broccoli. Return to bubbling, and cook for 5-7 mins, until broccoli is cooked (soft, but not mushy).
4. Add nutritional yeast, creamer, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve with some baguettes. Look at these awesome baguette forms Vegan Mom got me for Christmas!

32 comments:

Eating Consciously said...

I like that baguette former! The soup looks really yummy too!!

shelby said...

This is PERFECT! I wanted to make broccoli soup but I kept looking at so many different recipes...it only took one glance to know this is the one I will be making!

veganmomma said...

Hooray for more vegan babies! I think you guys might be a bit insane though, but in a good way:) We have 2 kids now, although I'd like to add one more to the mix sometime in the near future. Vegan babies rock though!
Those are some nice looking baguettes!

Alexis said...

Congratulations to the Vegan Family on the coming Kid #4!

DJ Karma said...

I need to get those forms...very cool!

Virginia said...

congratulations on the new addition!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

wow a baby! what good new years news! congrats to you and vegan mama x

DJ said...

That soup looks wonderful and I am totally jealous of your baguette forms - I always end up with sloppy baguettes that taste good but look a bit... random...

Suzi said...

Congratulations on the new addition!

mado said...

Congratulations on the new addition! Think it'll be a girl?

Good luck to you and the family and Happy Prosperous New Year!

maddy

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Hooray for the newest little vegan--and when is he or she due to arrive?

Gina said...

Aww, congrats on the new addition!

That soup looks so good :)

happyherbivore.com said...

congrads SK! I'm so happy for you.

Cynthia said...

Congrats! I'm betting it'll be a girl. My parents had 3 boys before me! Oh...and the soup looks yummy!

VeganLinda said...

Congratulations!!! We debate a 4th, but I think we may have started to late for that. 4 is a nice even number though. :-) I hope all is going well with Vegan Mom's pregnancy. You are amazing finding time to do everything!

What are the baguette forms made off?

Lovliebutterfly said...

Congratulations for the baby! That soup looks delish! I love broccoli in soups!

Veg-a-Nut said...

congratulations to you and vegan momma on your great news! I am jealous for your new baguetter forms!

Kristi said...

I am very new to vegan cooking, and was curious how important nutritional yeast is to the recipes...?

Vegan Dad said...

The baby is due in June.

The baguette forms are metal. I'm not sure if you are supposed to bake them in the forms or not.

Nutritional yeast is not necessary, but it sure is tasty. It adds a cheezy taste and B vitamins.

Literary Wino said...

Congratulations on the family extension! (I fear for you, as one of three myself. The idea of a fourth hell raiser makes me wonder if it could have been possible for my siblings and I to create more mischief...)

Eesh said...

Congratulations on baby #4! How exciting. I'm still contemplating after just 1! Soup looks amazing, I'll have to give that a try this week as I have some broccoli that needs to be used up.

chow vegan said...

Congratulations VeganDad on VeganBaby! :-)

Sue G. said...

Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

I made that soup to my 81 years old grandma and not very known for his vegan-friendly living...she was astounding!!! Next batches will be with cashew cream ( she can,t eat nuts , even ground, apparently...) thanks for the recipe...

Alisa said...

Yum, this one is definitely going on my list to try!

Danielle said...

Made this for my lunches this week, super good! I subbed carrots for the celery, added lots more nutritional yeast (cause it's so yummy), used only 1.5 c soymilk, rest broth/water, and did tofutti sour cream instead of the creamer at the end. Oh, and I added a can of chickpeas for more protein. This is a seriously good soup...thanks so much for the recipe!

herbstsonne said...

After a week of sun in California, it's soup weather again. We have everything we need to make this! Dinner tonight. :)

Single Mom, Big Family said...

Congratulations on the new addition! I hope everything goes well. I love my large vegan family.

This soup is on the menu for the upcoming week. Looks delicious, and like yours, my kids love broccoli and potatoes. Great combination.

Anonymous said...

My Bf (non vegan) and I made this soup. As the soymilk i have at home (storebought) is a touch too sweet for his taste, i used only 1 1/2 cups and rest water, we added cauliflower, and used only 2 spoons of Yeastflakes and no soy creamer, but soy cream and milk.
Even then, very tasty, filling, warming, yummy (and not too coconuty). Try it, you'll get a nice creamy soup that's good for you! Go Vegan Dad! Congratulations on the latest Vegan Baby!

Anonymous said...

i searched all over the 'net tonight for a good potato soup recipe, but nothing popped out at me. "wait a minute... vegandad MUST have some type of potato soup recipe!" and lo and behold... here it is! and it was wonderful!

i only had regular russet potatoes, so i used three of them. it worked, but the thin skins on the red potatoes would have been perfect. thanks again for another great recipe!

(and congrats on another addition to the vegan clan!)

Anonymous said...

Hi,

The other day I bought some soy creamer from Trader Joe's and it was really sweet, which drastically altered my soup.

Do you have a favourite?

Also, wouldn't the coconut milk cream alter the taste as well.

Thanks,
AZ

P.S. Kudos to you! You're a pretty inventive chef.

Susie said...

Made this for dinner tonight. DELICIOUS! Love that you added nutritional yeast, it gives so much flavor to the soup. This is the first recipe of yours that I made and I am excited to try out more.