There seemed to of been way too many steps in this recipe that I don't find it needed IMO. I had put the broccoli,carrots,potato in the broth to simmer till veggies were cooked. I then used my immersion blender and blended but left a few bigger bits. After that I just added the rest of ingredients. I only used the half and half. I didn't feel the need to add 2 more cups of milk because it would of been way to liquidy. Everything turned out well and it was a quick soup to make. Nice flavor but next time I would not add any salt. Thanks for posting the recipe.