This Broccoli Cheddar and Potato Soup is an excellent example of the concept of healthier comfort food. Let’s be honest, it’s mostly just a big bowl of veggies—with a little cheese and milk for richness and flavor. Eating a bowl of this soup is pretty much exactly like eating a salad. Okay, so maybe not exactly like it, but darn close.
The key to making sure this soup is super (souper!) creamy and delicious—an immersion blender (AKA: a stick blender). Instead of loading this soup up with heavy cream or tons of butter, the thick and creamy texture comes from pureeing the majority of the veggies into a velvety-smooth soup.
You can definitely use a regular blender and just transfer batches back and forth between the blender and the stove. But honestly? The $25 you spend on an immersion blender will more than pay for itself in hassle and labor costs in its lifetime. If you don’t own one, you definitely should. I have this Cuisinart one, and it’s great—although they tend to burnt out after 2-3 years of use.