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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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79 Comments

  • Reply Jaclyn Reynolds

    Mixed in a saucy pasta baked dish!

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM
  • Reply Harolde

    No cheese, plain

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
  • Reply Shirley Hicks

    steamed with cheese over it

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM
  • Reply amber g

    steamed with butter and garlic

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 9:28 PM
  • Reply Terry Cross

    Broccoli, cheese and rice casserole

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM
  • Reply Tanya White

    in a omelet or in some quiche.

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM
  • Reply Jaque R.

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

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM
  • Reply Denise

    I would steam it with my chicken breast.

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 8:59 PM
  • Reply Mary DeBorde

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

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 8:36 PM
  • Reply Michelle Tucker

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

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 8:29 PM
  • Reply Leslie L. Stanziani

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

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 8:28 PM
  • Reply Miz Vickik

    with potatoes and cheese =)

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM
  • Reply Gaye M

    I’d make a chicken and broccoli casserole.

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM
  • Reply Susan Smith

    With cheese sauce on top

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM
  • Reply Dawn Reid

    Broccoli and chicken divan
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    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 7:03 PM
  • Reply Kenny F

    with cheese

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM
  • Reply Valerie Taylor Mabrey

    with cheese
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    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM
  • Reply Gloria S

    I would make broccoli cheese soup–my favorite

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 3:17 PM
  • Reply jules mcnubbin

    i like it steamed with some butter and salt!

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM
  • Reply Shannon

    in a stir fry

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM
  • Reply Jill Myrick

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

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    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM
  • Reply Melanie

    Steamed with some italian seasoning… yum

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM
  • Reply Mary Casper

    with lots of real butter

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM
  • Reply lisa l.

    would love it with cheese!:)

    View Comment January 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM
  • Reply Brittney House

    with extra cheese

    View Comment January 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM
  • Reply ky2here

    blanched

    View Comment January 15, 2013 at 8:57 PM
  • Reply Laura Jacobson

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

    View Comment January 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM
  • Reply Erica C.

    With a little Old Bay on it.

    View Comment January 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM
  • Reply tess

    i would enjoy them with butter and melted cheese
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    View Comment January 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM
  • Reply Allie D.

    I think a broccoli cheese potaoto sounds delicious

    View Comment January 15, 2013 at 8:03 AM
  • Reply Deb C

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

    View Comment January 15, 2013 at 4:50 AM
  • Reply Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe )

    with some cheese & rice!!

    View Comment January 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM
  • Reply Neiddy

    steamed with butter and cheese

    View Comment January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM
  • Reply Eve

    In a broccoli cheese casserole

    View Comment January 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM
  • Reply [email protected]

    steamed
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    View Comment January 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM
  • Reply Tina M

    with cheddar cheese

    View Comment January 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM
  • Reply Tabathia B

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

    View Comment January 13, 2013 at 3:23 PM
  • Reply Ashley Hatten

    In soup or stir fry!

    View Comment January 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM
  • Reply Anthony

    With cheese

    View Comment January 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM
  • Reply Robin

    With melted cheese

    View Comment January 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM
  • Reply danica

    by myself – steamed

    View Comment January 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM
  • Reply Mary Calabrese

    With lots of melted cheese.

    View Comment January 12, 2013 at 9:46 PM
  • Reply Carolyn G

    Raw with some ranch dressing

    View Comment January 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM
  • Reply stephanie

    with cheddar cheese

    View Comment January 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM
  • Reply Heather Hayes Panjon

    In Casseroles Or In Soups ! My Family Loves Broccoli.

    View Comment January 12, 2013 at 3:05 AM
  • Reply Kiara

    With cheddar cheese.

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM
  • Reply joni

    Roasted in the oven with bread crumbs and parmesan.

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM
  • Reply Ellie W

    In a casserole with cheesy noodles and sausage.

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM
  • Reply Rebecca Graham

    I would steam it and cover with cheese.

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 10:11 PM
  • Reply Emily

    With cheese sauce.

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM
  • Reply runinboise

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

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM
  • Reply rebecca shockley

    I would like it with cheese!

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM
  • Reply Heather S

    Is it bad to say smothered in cheddar cheese?

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 9:31 PM
  • Reply Barbara Montag

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

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM
  • Reply kim

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

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM
  • Reply Jennifer Marie

    with cheddar cheese

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM
  • Reply michelle jonassen

    In chicken and broccoli alfredo!

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM
  • Reply Jessica To

    I would use it in my chicken stir fry.

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM
  • Reply Katherine

    Steamed with cheese

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM
  • Reply Alaine

    in stir fry!

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM
  • Reply Wild Orchid

    I would top it with shredded cheese!

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    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM
  • Reply Kyl Neusch

    make chicken stir fry

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM
  • Reply Thomas Murphy

    I would put some cheese on it

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM
  • Reply KIM H

    I would put it with stir fry

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM
  • Reply Amanda Sakovitz

    I would use it in a macaroni and cheese casserole

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM
  • Reply Crystal F

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

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM
  • Reply Cynthia C

    I’d use it in a stir fry dish.

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 8:01 AM
  • Reply Kathleen

    cooked with cheese sauce

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    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM
  • Reply Mary Happymommy

    I would enjoy it with beef stir fry.

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 7:53 AM
  • Reply Margaret Smith

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

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 6:13 AM
  • Reply Adrienne gordon

    in a broccoli and cheese caserolle

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 5:33 AM
  • Reply chadro

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

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 2:41 AM
  • Reply rich morris

    i’d enjoy it w/some melted cheese

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 1:18 AM
  • Reply Michelle H.

    Chicken Alfredo with broccoli

    View Comment January 11, 2013 at 12:43 AM
  • Reply Elena

    I would make broccoli chicken stir fry

    View Comment January 10, 2013 at 9:50 PM
  • Reply Danielle Wood

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

    View Comment January 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM
  • Reply Susan C

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

    View Comment January 10, 2013 at 7:29 PM
  • Reply Tara

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

    View Comment January 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM
  • Reply Tara

    Sounds good! I usually buy frozen veggies too.

    View Comment January 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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