Potato Broccoli Soup (quick recipe)

Potato broccoli soup is a classic cold-weather soup that has a creamy texture from the potatoes without tons of added cream!

We love a great broccoli soup and of course, a creamy potato soup is the ultimate comfort food. Together broccoli and potatoes make an amazing meal.

bowls of Potato Broccoli Soup with a spoon inside

Why We Love this Soup

  • It uses simple ingredients that I usually have on hand.
  • Most are inexpensive pantry ingredients meaning it’s a great way to feed a crowd on a budget.
  • Potatoes add to the creamy texture without adding a lot of extra fat.
  • This is a meatless main but great with added leftovers like shrimp or chicken.
  • It keeps for about 5 days in the fridge and reheats well for lunches.

Top it with homemade croutons or serve with garlic bread for dipping. Yes, please!

ingredients to make Potato Broccoli Soup

Ingredients and Variations

BROCCOLI Broccoli (and onions & celery) are cooked in a chicken broth base. If time is short, frozen broccoli works just as well!

POTATOES We love russet or baking potatoes in this recipe because they’re nice and starchy. Be sure to peel them first. Waxy thin skinned potatoes (like Yukon gold) will work and you can skip peeling.

CREAM Since the potatoes are blended, you only need a little bit of cream to make this rich soup! Non-dairy creams/milks work well too.

top view of ingredients in the pot to make Potato Broccoli Soup before adding broccoli and blending

How to Make Potato Broccoli Soup

  1. Sauté onion & celery in butter, add potatoes & broth. Cover & simmer, add broccoli, cover & cook again.
  2. Remove 1 cup of broccoli & potatoes; set aside.

process of blending potato and broccoli together in the pot

  1. Using an immersion blender, blend remaining soup in the pot until smooth.
  2. Return everything to pot, stir in both cheeses until melted.

adding final ingredients to pot to make Potato Broccoli Soup

PRO TIP: If an immersion blender (hand blender) is unavailable, pour the soup into a countertop blender instead. Be sure you don’t seal the lid and allow the steam to escape.

Crock Pot:

  1. Sauté onion & celery in butter in a pan until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients to Crock Pot, stir, & cover. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5 or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Stir in cheeses & cover. Cook another 30 minutes or until cheeses are melted & soup is creamy.
  4. Garnish with extra cheese before serving.

Instant Pot:

  1. Set instant pot to sauté, cook onion & celery in butter until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except cheeses, cover, & set on high for 6 minutes. Allow a natural release of steam.
  3. Stir in both the cheeses until melted & the soup is creamy.
  4. Garnish with extra cheese before serving.

Leftovers

  • Keep soup in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 5 days or freeze soup in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside.
  • Lay them flat in the freezer and when they are frozen, store them upright to save freezer space.
  • Potato broccoli soup will keep in the freezer up to 6 months.

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Potato Broccoli Soup

This filling & flavorful Potato Broccoli Soup is the perfect meatless meal for lunch or dinner!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 306
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 rib celery diced
  • 16 ounces baking potatoes peeled and diced, about 2 medium potatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese fresh

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion & celery. Cook until softened, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add potatoes and chicken broth. Cover and simmer 8 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove 1 cup of broccoli and potatoes and slightly chop. Set aside.
  • Using a hand blender, blend remaining soup in the pot until smooth. Simmer 1 minute. Stir in reserved broccoli, potatoes, and cheeses.
  • Garnish with additional cheese if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cup | Calories: 306 | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 916mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1114IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 2mg
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pot of Potato Broccoli Soup with a title
Potato Broccoli Soup in a bowl with a spoon and title
Potato Broccoli Soup in the pot and plated with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup (quick)

No soup is as heartwarming as a creamy chicken noodle soup made from scratch!

This recipe turns the most simple ingredients into the ultimate hug in a bowl. Tender chicken and noodles in a creamy broth with fresh veggies. The perfect remedy for cold, blustery days or when the kids get the sniffles!

laddle full of Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy to Make

Why buy canned soup when you can whip up this easy, stovetop version in no time at all!

  • Uses fresh ingredients (you likely have most on hand already).
  • Use cooked chicken to make this recipe extra fast (great for leftovers or rotisserie chicken).
  • Raw chicken works great in this recipe, see the recipe notes for extended cook time.
  • Quick to make in just one pot.

ingredients to make Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with pasta

Best Chicken Soup Ingredients

VEGETABLES Our recipe has all the traditional ingredients found in chicken noodle soup like onions, carrots, and celery.

CHICKEN Rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken make this soup extra fast but raw chicken can be used too (or even start with a whole chicken and boil it if desired).

If using raw chicken breasts, see the notes for the extended cook time.

PASTA Use any kind of pasta you’d like. Cook the pasta on the side and add it to each bowl. This keeps it from getting mushy and is better if you plan to have leftovers.

I love using fresh linguine (or even making it into a tortellini soup) because they cook so quickly.

Great Toppings

 Why not top with bacon bits, sliced green onions, or our own homemade garlic and herb croutons.

Serve up hot bowls of creamy chicken soup with air fryer grilled cheese sandwiches, or some cheesy garlic breadsticks.

How to Make Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy delicious homemade soup is so easy to make, especially with pre-cooked chicken!

  1. Sauté veggies until tender (per the recipe below).

cooking vegetables and seasonings in pan to make Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

  1. Add broth & seasonings and simmer until veggies are tender.
  2. Whisk cream & corn starch and add to the simmering with chicken.

adding ingredients to pot to make Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

  1. Stir in pasta, season & serve immediately.

Tips for Creamy Soups

  • If adding extra vegetables, increase the amount of the broth so the pot doesn’t get overcrowded.
  • To use raw chicken, increase the broth by 2 cups and add two chicken breasts. Simmer the uncooked boneless chicken 20 minutes and 30 minutes if bone-in. Remove chicken, shred and add back to the pot.
  • Cook pasta on the side if you plan to keep leftovers.

To Thicken Soups

To thicken creamy soups stir in some potato flakes or combine cornstarch with an equal amount of water and stir into the simmering soup a little bit at a time.

Flavor Booster

If using a rotisserie chicken and you have lots of time, remove all the meat and set aside for the recipe. Then simmer the bones (with low sodium broth & some onion) for at least 2-3 hours or all day in the slow cooker on low to make a delicious broth that tastes like homemade.

bowls of Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with a pot full beside it

Storing and Reheating

  • Reheat on the stovetop or in single servings in the microwave. Chicken soup will keep in the refrigerator about 4 days as long as it’s covered.
  • If freezing, cook pasta separately and do not add to the soup. Add fresh cooked pasta once thawed.
  • To freeze creamy chicken soup, ladle portions in quart or gallon-sized zippered bags and write the date on the outside and freeze up to 3 months. It may need to be thickened with cornstarch once thawed.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

This chicken noodle soup is creamy, flavorful, and full of chicken & fresh veggies!
Course Appetizer, Chicken, Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 336
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 large carrots sliced
  • 2 ribs celery sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 ounces dry pasta such as spaghetti or linguine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • parsley for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and celery and cook 3-4 minutes or until onion is softened.
  • Add broth, seasoning, and bay leaf and cover. Simmer 10 minutes.
  • While the soup is simmering, cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain well.
  • Whisk cream and corn starch in a small bowl. Add to the soup along with chicken and let simmer 5 minutes more.
  • Remove bay leaf, stir in pasta, season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  • If adding extra vegetables, increase the amount of the broth so the pot doesn’t get overcrowded.
  • To use raw chicken, increase the broth by 2 cups and add two chicken breasts. Simmer the uncooked boneless chicken 20 minutes and 30 minutes if bone-in. Remove chicken, shred and add back to the pot.
  • Cook pasta on the side if you plan to keep leftovers.
  • To thicken this soup further stir in some potato flakes or combine cornstarch with an equal amount of water and stir into the simmering soup a little bit at a time. 
  • If using a rotisserie chicken and time is not an issue, remove all the meat and set aside for the recipe. Then simmer the bones for at least 2-3 hours, or all day in the Crockpot or slow cooker on low to make a delicious homemade stock.

Nutrition

Calories: 336 | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 669mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4733IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in the pot with writing
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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in the pot and plated with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Potato Corn Chowder

This potato corn chowder has tender chunks of potato and corn in a thick velvety creamy broth!

This makes for a quick weeknight meal or a great lunch. Serve with a fresh salad and some bread for dipping.

close up of Quick Potato Corn Chowder in bowls

Quick & Savory Soup

  • This soup tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove for hours but it’s super fast to make.
  • It’s creamy, rich and satisfying.
  • Add chunks of salmon, garlic shrimp or even leftover ham.

ingredients to make Quick Potato Corn Chowder

Ingredients

Lots of healthy and tender vegetables make up this thick and hearty chowder!

VEGETABLES Colorful carrots, corn, and celery are simmered in a rich and creamy base. Time saving tip: frozen vegetable medley can be used in a pinch! Corn can be fresh off the cob, use frozen kernels, or even canned.

POTATOES We use baking potatoes in this recipe since they’re nice and starchy. Toss in some leftover mashed potatoes or use up extra baked potatoes in this recipe.

BASE Chicken broth mixed with cream and potatoes make the base. Use cartons of broth or homemade stock. If serving it vegetarian-style, just sub out the chicken stock for vegetable broth!

How to Make Potato Corn Chowder

Old fashioned potato corn chowder comes together so quick and easy!

  1. Sauté veggies and garlic in butter. Add potatoes.

ingredients in a pot and bowl to make Quick Potato Corn Chowder

  1. Add broth, & seasonings. Simmer until potatoes are tender.

adding ingredients to pot to make Quick Potato Corn Chowder

  1. Add corn and cream. Remove bay leaf and blend some of the potatoes in the chowder and stir.

blending Quick Potato Corn Chowder in a pot

To Thicken Creamy Soups

There are a few different ways creamy soups can be thickened.

  • Blending some of the potatoes or vegetables in the soup will naturally thicken it.
  • Make a slurry by combining equal parts corn starch and cold water.  Slowly pour into the simmering chowder a bit at a time until thickened.
  • Add a sprinkle or two of mashed potato flakes.

Slow Cooker Version:

  1. Sauté onion, celery, carrot, and garlic in melted butter for about 3 or 4 minutes until the onion and garlic are fragrant.
  2. Add the sautéed vegetables to the remaining ingredients to a crockpot and set on high for 3 hours or low for 5, stirring occasionally.

Instant Pot Version:

  1. Set Instant Pot to sauté and cook onion, celery, carrot, and garlic in melted butter for about 3 or 4 minutes until the onion and garlic are fragrant.
  2. Add potatoes, broth, cream, seasonings, and bay leaf. Cover and set on high for 12 minutes, then quick release the pressure.

top view of cooked Quick Potato Corn Chowder

What to Serve with Potato Corn Chowder

Potato soup is perfect for mix-ins! Create a DIY Potato Corn Chowder by setting out bowls of some of our favorite mix-ins and toppings:

  • Bacon bits
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Don’t forget the sides! We recommend some homemade cornbread, with a drizzle of sweet honey or some cheesy breadsticks, and a tangy cucumber tomato salad.

Leftovers

  • Potato corn chowder tastes better the next day! Store it covered in the refrigerator and it will keep for about 4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
  • To freeze, ladle cold soup in zippered bags labeled with the date and it will keep in the freezer for about 3 months. If frozen, the consistency will change a little bit.

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Quick Potato Corn Chowder

This creamy soup is loaded with corn, potatoes, and seasonings, and comes together so quickly. It’s the perfect meal for a busy weekday night!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Instant Pot, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Slow Cooker, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 323
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 small carrot finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium baking potatoes peeled and diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups corn fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup light cream

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Cook 3-4 minutes or until onion is tender.
  • Add potatoes, chicken broth, seasonings, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook covered 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Add corn and light cream, simmer additional 4 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
  • Using a potato masher, or hand blender slightly mash some of the potatoes to thicken the soup.

Notes

To keep prep time quick, prepare the potatoes while the veggies are cooking. Prepare the remaining ingredients while the potatoes are cooking.

Frozen vegetables can be substituted for fresh. Add them along with the corn.

If you’d like to thicken it further, combine 1 tablespoon corn starch with 1 tablespoon water and whisk into the simmering soup.

Add a sprinkle or two of mashed potato flakes can also be used to thicken this soup.

 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 323 | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1028mg | Potassium: 911mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2877IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg
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Quick Potato Corn Chowder in the pot with a title
Quick Potato Corn Chowder in a bowl and a title
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Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Fennel Salad (With a Bright & Tangy Dressing)

This tangy orange and fennel salad is bright and fresh with a quick zesty orange dressing!

This combo of citrusy, savory, nutty, and crunchy ingredients is an amazing side or perfect topped with salmon or grilled shrimp.

top view of Fennel Salad in a bowl with dressing on the side

A Fresh Side

Shaved fennel is often used as a garnish, served roasted or even on pizza! The flavor of fennel is similar to anise or black licorice and it’s both fresh and crunchy.

Fennel can be eaten cooked or raw in slaws or salads like in this recipe.

ingredients to make a Fennel Salad

Ingredients

FENNEL Fresh fennel should but cut into thin slices for this recipe.

GREENS Any greens you’d like work well, I prefer a greens mix with tender leaves for this recipe.

CITRUS Sectioned orange slices add fresh zesty flavor (grapefruit is another great addition). While it takes a little bit of time, sectioning oranges makes for a great salad and it can be done days ahead of time.

DRESSING Orange juice, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, and oil are used to make this citrusy, zesty dressing!

pouring dressing over Fennel Salad

Variations

  • Switch out orange segments for canned mandarin orange segments and add the juice to the dressing or use small pieces of fresh grapefruit and the grapefruit zest in the dressing.
  • Sliced black olives make for a dramatic and colorful garnish!
  • Freshly roasted and cooled beets make a colorful addition.
  • Granny smith apples and cucumber or radishes, fennel salad takes on a whole new look!
  • Try the citrus-like salad dressing as a marinade or add some soy sauce to it and use it as an Asian-style stir fry marinade!

How to Cut Fennel for Salad

If you’ve never cut fennel before, it’s easy.

  1. Cut bulb from the green stalks (which can be eaten raw or added to stir frys or soup recipes).
  2. Cut bulb in halves so it lies flat & slice thinly vertically (a mandoline works well if you have one).

 

How to Make Fennel Salad

Fennel salad looks gourmet, but it’s actually super easy to make!

  1. Add sliced fennel to the celery & mixed greens. Toss.
  2. Prepare dressing (per recipe below) in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake.
  3. Drizzle over salad & garnish with nuts & orange segments.

Fresh & Flavorful Salads

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Fennel Salad

Bright & colorful, this Fennel Salad is a healthy, flavorful dish that’s perfect as a light lunch or side dish!
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 279
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 large bulb fennel
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 orange divided
  • ¼ cup candied pecans , or walnuts, chopped

Dressing

  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake until combined. Set aside.
  • Cut the rind off of the orange and cut into segments. Thinly slice celery on the diagonal.
  • Cut off the top stems of the fennel (these can be reserved for stir fries) and remove any discolored outer leaves. If the bulb is really large, cut in half from root to stem.
  • Using a mandoline (or a very sharp knife) thinly slice the fennel bulb and place in a bowl, add celery and mixed greens. Drizzle with dressing and toss well.
  • Garnish the salad with walnuts and orange pieces.

Nutrition

Calories: 279 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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ingredients to make Fennel Salad with finished dish and a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner

Chinese Chicken Stock

Ingredients

3-4 lb chicken
10 cups water (cold)
3 slices​ fresh ginger
2​ scallions (cut into 1-inch pieces)
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
Salt and black (to taste)

Directions

Place the chicken in a large pot with 10 cups of water (or enough to cover).
Add the ginger, green onion, rice wine, or sherry. Bring to a boil over medium heat, occasionally skimming off the foam that rises to the top.
Add salt to taste and black pepper if desired.
Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 2 hours. Strain the broth and use as called for in recipes. Shred one cooked chicken breast for the soup recipe below. Use the remainder of the meat for other recipes.

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

8 cups Chinese chicken broth
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons sherry or Chinese rice wine
2 teaspoons sesame oil
4 oz Asian curly noodles, cut into smaller pieces
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
6 denied shiitake mushrooms, soaked
1 medium onion, sliced
8 oz can water chestnuts, drained
Chilies, hot sauce, chili paste, optional

Add broth ingredients to a large saucepan. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes
to have ingredients infuse flavors.

Cook noodles according to the package.

Cut vegetables as needed.

Add carrots to the broth and simmer for 2 min. and remove but keep warm. Add
chicken and bok choy and cook for 2-3 min. until bok choy is tender.

Divide the broth between four bowls, add the noodles, carrots, chicken, and
bok choy in sections around the bowl and the green onions scattered in the
middle or the side.

Serve with hot sauce, optional.

Ginger Pork in Lettuce Leaves

6 servings

Ingredients

3/4 pound ground pork
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
1 tablespoon Thai sweet chile sauce
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon peanut oil
One 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and diced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
24 lettuce leaves

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the ground pork with bell pepper, garlic, ginger, chile sauce, fish sauce, and sesame oil l.

In a large skillet or wok, heat the peanut oil until shimmering. Add the pork mixture and stir-fry over high heat, breaking it up, until it is cooked through and starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in the water chestnuts, scallions, oyster sauce, and cilantro and remove from the heat.

Spoon the pork into bowls. Stack the lettuce leaves on plates. To eat, spoon the pork onto the lettuce leaves, roll up,

Originally posted at Jovina Cooks Italian