I began with what would be the "hardest" part of this recipe - the veggie prep. After chopping the onion, hubby sauteed it in olive oil while I finished the veggies. I peeled and diced the potato and continued onto the broccoli. One thing I notice that many people do with broccoli is disregard the stem. For a soup though, you can really use all of this once you peel and prep it. Thus, I thought I'd give you a basic four step procedure to using the stems.
1. Remove the broccoli heads
2. Trim off all the "branches" of the stem (makes it easier to peel)
3. Stand up the broccoli on an end, then cut away the outer layer with a knife, like you would with a pumpkin or melon skin.
4. Ta da! You are done! Chop and use!
Now that we have all of our broccoli chopped with the potato, I added all the veggies to the onion Tim had been cooking (muah, thanks hubs!) We then added a few cups of vegetable broth (you can use chicken, beef, whatever you have) and then finished it off with water just until all the veggies were submerged. I also added some red pepper flakes, pepper and garlic salt.
That's it. Let it boil, then lower the heat so it simmers for about 20 minutes. Grab the hand held submersion blender your mother gave you back in the day (or, you could also use a blender, just be cautious cause the liquid is hot. Do it in batches and cover it with a towel to make sure there are no splatters) and go to work. Whatever consistency you like, we preferred super smooth.
Make anything recently that was perfectly light and hit the spot?