KAREN’S HEALTHY CHEESY POTATO SOUP

DSCN0449This soup is so easy! It’s low in calories but high in nutrients. It’s creamy and delicious but without the calories from a heavy cream or the high-saturated fat from cheese. Especially on these chilly fall days, it’s easily moving toward the top of my top 10 favorite soups to pair with some warm pita bread or flat bread and hummus for lunch or as an appetizer soup with a wild rice or quinoa veggie medley for dinner.

I actually made this soup this morning before I headed off to work, but I didn’t get a chance to post the recipe until after I got home from play rehearsal. It’s going to be a great show! If you live close to Cottage Grove, OR give yourself a holiday treat and join us at Cottage Theatre for It’s a Wonderful Life. We open Dec 6 and run through Dec 22.

Serves: About 6 cups  ·  Prep time: 15 MIN  · Processing in blender:  7 – 8 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

2         cups low-sodium vegetable broth

2         cups cauliflower, florets

1/2     medium onion, peeled and quartered

1          clove garlic, minced

2          stalks celery, halved

1          medium carrot cut in chunks

1          small to medium apple, seeded, quartered

1          medium potato, baked, quartered

1/2      tsp dried basil

1/3      cup nutritional yeast

  1. Place all ingredients into your high-speed blender container in the order listed.
  2. Turn machine onto highest speed and blend for 7 to 8 minutes. (I have a Vita-Mix and heat until I see steam escaping from the vented lid. It’s ready to enjoy.

If you don’t have a high-speed blender, finely chop the veggies. Heat a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat, and add all of the ingredients and saute using vegetable broth until vegetables are very tender, but not browned, about 8 minutes.

Transfer into regular blender and add the 2 cups of vegetable broth and blend several minutes until creamy.  Then pour ingredients into a large saucepan, heat and simmer, covered for about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the nutritional yeast; stir until blended. It’s ready to enjoy

Prep all your veggies.

Prep your broth and all your veggies.

Add them to your blender.

Add broth and all veggies to your blender.

Add the nutritional yeast

Add the nutritional yeast and blend on highest speed for 7 – 8 min (until steam escapes from the vented lid).

Pour into your soup tureen and enjoy with flat bread or warm pita bread and hummus.

Pour into your soup tureen and enjoy with flat bread or warm pita bread and hummus.

Enjoy!

Cheers, Karen

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