Sunday, January 15, 2012
Instant Karma Broccoli Chowder
"Instant Karma" was playing on the car radio and I asked Mr. Rosemary what he thought "instant karma" meant. His first response: "Love at first sight."
Now that's not the real definition of instant karma, John Lennon's version or not, but that's what I thought of today as I made this chowder: It was meant to be, especially on a frigid day like today.
As we were headed out the door this brisk morning, layering ourselves in our barn clothes to much the horse stalls, Mr. Rosemary told me the thermometer read 10 degrees.
Pretty dang cold.
After we finished our chores (and it was indeed dang cold!), he told me that he'd misread the thermometer without his glasses on: It really had said minus 1.0. Now that's real dang cold. (Sometimes it's better not knowing actually how cold it is.)
Soup is the only cure for that many degrees of frigidity!
I'm still in the post-holiday mode of lightening up, though, and where I would ordinarily make broccoli soup with cream, or at least half-and-half, I adapted a recipe I had plastered to the fridge earlier in the week for a less rich soup from Eating Well.
This soup gets its thickening from a little flour and potatoes and the creaminess from non-fat yogurt. (The original recipe uses reduced fat sour cream. I also subbed chicken broth for vegetable. I also used whole fat cheese; just less of it.) Of course all the good effort was probably negated when I had a piece of buttered beer bread on the side -- the beer bread's for another post -- but, after all, it is my karma.
adapted from Eating Well
makes 6 (1 cup) servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large carrot, finely diced
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, peeled and diced
1 large potato, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon AP flour
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
28 ounces chicken broth
1 bunch broccoli, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring often until the onion and celery soften, about 5 minutes. Add the potato and garlic; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Stir in flour, dry mustard and cayenne; cook, stirring often again, for another 2 minutes.
Add broth and cut up broccoli; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Transfer 2 cups of the chowder to a bowl and mash and then return to pan.
Stir in cheese and yogurt and cook stirring until the cheese is melted and the chowder is heated through.