cranberry orange bread. When the bread was in the oven, I got to work concocting a recipe to make some thick, chunky, satisfying soup on this snowy-thinks-it's-still-February day.
Here's what you need:
1 head of cauliflower, or a bag of frozen cauliflower. (I used a quart bag I'd frozen last summer)
1 head of broccoli (or ditto on the frozen)
1-2 cups of grated cheese (cheddar is best, but I used cheddar and the rest of a bag of Mexican grated cheese)
2 medium sized potatoes
1/2 cup of celery, chopped (I used 2 TBSP dried celery leaves because I was out of celery)
1 onion, chopped
2 cups of sliced carrots
1-2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce (I used 2)
1 teaspoon black pepper
Cook all of the vegetables until tender. I cooked the broccoli, cauliflower and onions together, the potatoes and carrots each in their own pans. I added the dried celery leaves later.
Puree cauliflower, broccoli, onions and celery. Mash the potatoes and carrots (I left them a little chunky to add texture to the soup). Mix all of the vegetables together. Add the Worchestershire sauce and the pepper. Set aside.
Next you need:
2 TBSP butter
2 TBSP cornstarch
3-4 cups chicken broth (1 1/2-2 cans)
1 to 2 teaspoons paprika
Melt the butter in a heavy, 2 quart saucepan. Add the cornstarch and stir with a whisk til smooth. Add the chicken broth slowly and continue to stir. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until it reaches a boil. Continue to boil for one minute, still stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the paprika and the grated cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the paprika is well blended into the mixture. (Then taste--it's divine! A little salty at this stage, but that will change).
Add the chicken broth and cheese mixture to the vegetables. Stir well. You're done!
This makes between 3 quarts and a gallon of soup, so it's plenty for a large family, for company, or to store away the leftovers in the freezer for later.
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