So, I have two copies/versions of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. One is an older version like my mom had and one is the updated version that the link points to. My husband got me the updated version for Christmas two years ago. That same year, my brother gifted me an immersion blender which I have mentioned in here once before.
The first thing that I made out of the cook book was cream of broccoli soup. My husband and I thought that it came out really well. It was yummy.
I had some potatoes to use up (in fact, I still have some to use up, but I have a lot less now), so I figured I'd make the potato version combined with the broccoli version. I doubled the basic recipe and added to it.
Here is the basic recipe for the Cream of Vegetable of Your Choice Soup:
Desired Vegetables (variations listed include potato, cauliflower and broccoli)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock
1 Tbsp butter or margerine
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk, half and half, or light cream
In a large saucepan cook desired vegetables, covered, in a large amount of boiling water according to directions in each variation. Drain well. Reserve 1 cup cooked vegetables.
In a food processor bowl combine remaining cooked vegetables and 3/4 cup of broth. Cover; process about 1 minute or until smooth. Set aside.
In the same saucepan melt butter. Stir in flour, seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for one minute more.
Stir in the reserved 1 cup cooked vegetables, blended vegetable mixture, and remaining 3/4 cup broth. Cook and stir until heated through. If necessary, stir in additional milk to reach desired consistency. If desired, season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
For the potato variant it says to use 5 medium potatoes peeled and cubed and a 1/2 cup chopped onion. It also suggests dill or basil for the seasoning.