Today in National Soup It Forward Day. The purpose of the day is to remind us that when we make a big pot of comforting soup, share it with others. We are suppose to be encouraged to deliver soup to those in need, be it due to illness, down on their luck or going through something difficult. The concept is lovely.
Let’s talk a moment, shall we? Unless you live in a cave someplace, you know that there are some scary things going on right now and people are afraid. We are avoiding large gatherings. We are shying away from anyone who is sick. We think twice about everything that might put us at risk. Believe me, I get that. The CDC here in America has cautioned those “at risk” not to take chance. People over 60, with repertory issues, heart conditions and are diabetic are the most at risk. Ghee, I’m batting 1,000. And that’s scary. Yet I don’t want to become a prisoner of fear.
I love the idea of Soup It Forward Day. And I hate the idea that a day meant to care for those in need might be overshadowed by fear of the unknown. Taking precautions is a good thing. I just pray that we don’t loose sight of our humanity in the process.
If you know of people who need a little TLC, reach out if you can. A warm bowl of soup might make someone’s day.
Creamy Broccoli Potato Soup
1 Yellow Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
4 medium White Potatoes
2 bunches fresh Broccoli
6 cup Chicken Broth
1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1-3/4 cup Milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Peel onion, dice and set aside. Peel garlic, mince and set aside. Peel potatoes, dice and set aside.
Break apart broccoli, discard any hard, woody ends. Cut stems into chunks, chop remaining broccoli into florets. Reserve about a cup and place the rest in a 6-quart sauce pot. Add broth, potatoes and onions. Season with pepper, bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove pot from heat.
Place 1/2 of the broth mixture into a blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large bowl to hold. Repeat the blending process with the remaining broth mixture, this time as a coarse purée for some texture. Return all of the puréed soup to the sauce pot. Stir in the milk and cheese. Add the reserved broccoli. Cook over medium heat for about 5 or 6 minutes to heat through.
Ladle into bowl, and enjoy!