While I was watching Rachael Ray the other day I took note of her garbage bowl. If you haven't seen it, the garbage bowl is just the bin she uses to dispose of scraps, containers, etc. while she's cooking. You can go online and purchase your very own garbage bowl for the reasonable price of $19.99. Or, you can just use one of the many bowls you already have. I take it one step further and use produce bags. For any given recipe, I am usually emptying some produce bag, so I leave on the counter, put all my cooking scraps and trash in it, and toss it when I'm done. This isn't any genius idea, but it does save me a lot of time because I'm not turning to throw things out all the time.
Back to the soup.
Potato Soup with Broccoli and Kale
1 Tablespoon butter
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2-3 cups potatoes, chopped
2 cups green vegetables (I used a combination of broccoli and kale)
3+ cups vegetable broth
In a pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add the onion and celery, and cook for about 5 minutes.
Mix in flour and cook, stirring, until it is light brown.
Add a little of the broth, just to keep the flour from burning (about half a cup).
Mix in potatoes and spices.
Depending on what other vegetables you use, you can add them now or wait until after the potatoes have cooked and been pureed. I opted to add the broccoli stems, but not the florets or the kale.
Pour in broth to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes until potatoes and very tender.
Using an immersion blender, or in batches in a regular blender, puree the soup.
Add additional broth or water to desired consistency.
Add in remaining vegetables and heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
I topped mine with hot sauce.