Broccoli Smoked Gouda Soup

"This recipe takes the usual broccoli cheddar combination and uses smoked gouda instead."
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  • Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Saute onions until they start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and heat for another minute will stirring constantly. Stir in flour and cook for another minute while stirring constantly.
  • Stir in chopped broccoli and potato, making sure to coat all pieces with the sauteed onion, garlic, and flour mixture.
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Lower to medium heat and cook for another 20 minutes, or until broccoli and potato pieces soften. Stir in half-and-half.
  • Transfer everything to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Return pureed mix to the pot. Stir in shredded gouda, Serve immediately.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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