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Potato Broccoli Soup

Confession. We usually eat frozen veggies and I am torn over it. While I would love to serve up fresh vegetables with every meal, it’s not always convenient.

One of our favorite vegetables to eat is broccoli and we usually keep plenty of it stocked in the freezer. That was the most convenient option for us… until now.

I was recently introduced to Beneforté broccoli, a fresh, packaged broccoli from Eat Smart available at all Sam’s Clubs. Beneforté comes washed, trimmed and ready to eat which spells convenience for us.

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Beneforté is a naturally better broccoli. Each serving contains 2-3 times the amount of phytonutrient glucoraphanin compared to other broccoli varieties. Glucoraphanin boosts your body’s antioxidant enzyme levels, which helps maintain the antioxidant activity of vitamins A, C and E in the body – which we all can use during cold/flu winter season.

I love making soups during winter. They serve as great comfort foods and can help us nurse any bugs we may be dealing with. With Beneforté samples on hand, I decided to whip up some Potato Broccoli Soup last week. Here’s the recipe:

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Potato Broccoli Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • ⅓ cup diced celery
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups [Beneforté|http://www.eatsmartbeneforte.com/] broccoli
  • 3¼ cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. In a stockpot, combine the potatoes, celery, onion, seasonings and chicken broth. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, for about 20 minutes. Stir in broccoli after 10 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly until thick, for 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk, avoiding lumps, until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thickened.
  3. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately, topped with favorites such as cheese, bacon, and scallions.
 

We enjoyed this soup with homemade whole wheat rolls. I was surprised at how fresh Beneforté tasted; like no broccoli I’ve ever had before. It took me a while to get used to the taste because it was THAT fresh.  I am happy to now have a fresh broccoli option that will not spoil quickly. We’ll be able to enjoy the nutritional benefits of fresh broccoli more often… and one of you will too!

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  • Reply
    Jaclyn Reynolds
    January 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Mixed in a saucy pasta baked dish!

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    Harolde
    January 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    No cheese, plain

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    Shirley Hicks
    January 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    steamed with cheese over it

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    amber g
    January 16, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    steamed with butter and garlic

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    Terry Cross
    January 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Broccoli, cheese and rice casserole

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    Tanya White
    January 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    in a omelet or in some quiche.

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    Jaque R.
    January 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    With sharp cheddar and chives, yum! :-) Thank you.

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    Denise
    January 16, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I would steam it with my chicken breast.

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    Mary DeBorde
    January 16, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    My daughter and I love cheese-topped broccoli, so
    that is how I would serve it! <3

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    Michelle Tucker
    January 16, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I’d make a quiche with it or some stir fry.

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    Leslie L. Stanziani
    January 16, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I would enjoy my broccoli raw in a salad or on a nice veggie pizza.

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    Miz Vickik
    January 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    with potatoes and cheese =)

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    Gaye M
    January 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I’d make a chicken and broccoli casserole.

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    Susan Smith
    January 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    With cheese sauce on top

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    Dawn Reid
    January 16, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Broccoli and chicken divan
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    Kenny F
    January 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    with cheese

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    Valerie Taylor Mabrey
    January 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    with cheese
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    Gloria S
    January 16, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    I would make broccoli cheese soup–my favorite

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    jules mcnubbin
    January 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    i like it steamed with some butter and salt!

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    Shannon
    January 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    in a stir fry

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    Jill Myrick
    January 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I would enjoy mine top with cheese and with a slice of homemade italian bread.

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    Melanie
    January 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Steamed with some italian seasoning… yum

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    Mary Casper
    January 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    with lots of real butter

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    lisa l.
    January 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    would love it with cheese!:)

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    Brittney House
    January 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    with extra cheese

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    ky2here
    January 15, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    blanched

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    Laura Jacobson
    January 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    We I would love using it mixed in with my scrambled eggs for breakfast!

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    Erica C.
    January 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    With a little Old Bay on it.

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    tess
    January 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    i would enjoy them with butter and melted cheese
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    Allie D.
    January 15, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    I think a broccoli cheese potaoto sounds delicious

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    Deb C
    January 15, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    I would enjoy my broccoli in a Cheddar cheese and potato soup.

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    Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe )
    January 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    with some cheese & rice!!

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    Neiddy
    January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    steamed with butter and cheese

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    Eve
    January 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    In a broccoli cheese casserole

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    jannajanna@Hotmail.com
    January 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    steamed
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    Tina M
    January 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    with cheddar cheese

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    Tabathia B
    January 13, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I would add some cheese to it and mix it with some rice

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  • Reply
    Ashley Hatten
    January 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    In soup or stir fry!

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  • Reply
    Anthony
    January 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    With cheese

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    Robin
    January 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    With melted cheese

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    danica
    January 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    by myself – steamed

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    Mary Calabrese
    January 12, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    With lots of melted cheese.

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    Carolyn G
    January 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Raw with some ranch dressing

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    stephanie
    January 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    with cheddar cheese

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    Heather Hayes Panjon
    January 12, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    In Casseroles Or In Soups ! My Family Loves Broccoli.

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  • Reply
    Kiara
    January 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    With cheddar cheese.

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    joni
    January 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Roasted in the oven with bread crumbs and parmesan.

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    Ellie W
    January 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    In a casserole with cheesy noodles and sausage.

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    Rebecca Graham
    January 11, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I would steam it and cover with cheese.

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    Emily
    January 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    With cheese sauce.

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    runinboise
    January 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    that soup sounds good but i would probably roast some up.

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    rebecca shockley
    January 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    I would like it with cheese!

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    Heather S
    January 11, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Is it bad to say smothered in cheddar cheese?

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    Barbara Montag
    January 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    In a marinaded veggie salad – Italian dressing and salsa for a dressing!
    Thank you.

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    kim
    January 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I would love either shrimp and broccoli alfredo or cream of broccoli soup

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    Jennifer Marie
    January 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    with cheddar cheese

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    michelle jonassen
    January 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    In chicken and broccoli alfredo!

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    Jessica To
    January 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I would use it in my chicken stir fry.

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    Katherine
    January 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Steamed with cheese

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    Alaine
    January 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    in stir fry!

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    Wild Orchid
    January 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I would top it with shredded cheese!

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    Kyl Neusch
    January 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    make chicken stir fry

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    Thomas Murphy
    January 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I would put some cheese on it

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    KIM H
    January 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    I would put it with stir fry

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    January 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I would use it in a macaroni and cheese casserole

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    Crystal F
    January 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    I would eat it raw with dip or in a salad. thank you!

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    Cynthia C
    January 11, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    I’d use it in a stir fry dish.

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    Kathleen
    January 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    cooked with cheese sauce

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    Mary Happymommy
    January 11, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    I would enjoy it with beef stir fry.

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    Margaret Smith
    January 11, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    I’d like to enjoy it in a nice stirfry ontop of pasta

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    Adrienne gordon
    January 11, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    in a broccoli and cheese caserolle

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    chadro
    January 11, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    I’d like to use it in a casserole with chicken and noodles

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    rich morris
    January 11, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    i’d enjoy it w/some melted cheese

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    Michelle H.
    January 11, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Chicken Alfredo with broccoli

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    Elena
    January 10, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I would make broccoli chicken stir fry

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    Danielle Wood
    January 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    broccoli is one of two vegetables I actually enjoy so I would enjoy it anyway it’s used

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    Susan C
    January 10, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Any way possible – broccoli is my favorite vegetable. Love it steamed with lemon butter.

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    Tara
    January 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    If I won, I might try that potato soup recipe – looks good!

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    Tara
    January 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Sounds good! I usually buy frozen veggies too.

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