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Apr 29, 2011

Potato Broccoli Soup

I'm aching all over and not up to a heavy lunch. Ever had one of those colds that never really become a full blown sneeze-cough-fever-sore throat thingy? It's one of the worst feelings in the world! It just sits there (like my fat cat on my chest) and refuses to go away, leaving you feeling like there's a ton of bricks on your shoulders and the head too big for the neck to support (maybe it is :P). Groan.

Feed a cold and starve a fever ... or is it the other way round? I don't even know what's coming out ... cold? Fever? Whatever.

Liquids. Right then, soup it is.

The great thing about this soup is that the starch in the potatoes thickens the soup naturally without having to add any additional cornflour or thickeners.


2 large-ish Russet potatoes / or any floury potatoes

2 - 3 cups stock (chicken/vegetable)

1 onion, finely diced

1 - 2 tbs butter

Broccoli florets, blanched

fresh grated nutmeg

cayenne pepper

fresh ground black pepper

salt to taste

1/2 cup or more milk / cream


Peel the potatoes, boil and mash them up. Put aside.

Melt butter in a pan and saute the chopped onions until it's soft and translucent, not browned.

Add the stock and the mashed potatoes and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until thickened.

Using a hand blender, buzz it a few times until you get a smooth consistency.

Reheat if you prefer your soup scalding hot (like most Chinese, ouch).

Stir in milk or cream.

Season with fresh ground black pepper, fresh ground nutmeg and cayenne pepper.

Toss in a handful of blanched broccoli florets.

Great with some garlic toast or crusty bread.

Aaahhhh ... better than a hot pack.

*Note: If you prefer a bit of bite in your soup, add in one or two boiled and diced waxy potato at the end.


  1. So sorry you're feeling icky! I'm sure this soup did wonders for you tho :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Torviewtoronto: Slurpily simple too!

    Parsley Sage: Yes, it did, thanks ... food is always a great cure for me :D

  3. Ping-I do hope you're feeling much better now. Your soup looks so comforting and delicious. Love the photo of you holding the soup:DDD
    Do take care!

  4. That soup looks like it would brighten anyone's day. Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well.

  5. Elisabeth: Sniffle ... thanks.

    Kristen: Yup, the soup helped and am feeling better now, thanks.

  6. I hope your cold is gone and that this yummy looking soup helped!

  7. I hope your feeling better!
    I love anything with broccoli in it, especially soup. This sounds so warm and comforting. I'll have to keep it in mind the next time Im not feeling so well.

  8. Tiffany: Yes, I am back to normal ... whatever normal is with me :P Haha

    Kita: Yes, feeling like my good ol' self, thanks. I'd pick this over chicken soup any day :D

  9. I’ve tried all sorts of coughing syrups, believe me, but none of them helps. Even though Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa does not eliminates the cough I like to stick to this chinese syrup I’ve been taking since I was a kid: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. My grandfather is chinese, so I guess my mom got the advice from him. I was really surprised when I found that chinese market selling it here in Belgium. It does have a refreshing, soothing, sweetening effect…as long as it lasts…then back to coughing mode.

  10. Lisa: I like that too :D mainly because it tastes so good! And you're right, t doesn't do much to cure the cough. But I've discovered a real good cough mixture that is alcohol and codeine free - Tussidex Forte - the trick is to take it neat without water and allow it to remain in throat for awhile. I'm very happy with it! Thanks for dropping by.

  11. love love love the food styling! especially how the hands hold the bowl. :D