I just went to my local farmers market, Alexandria’s Farmers Market, this weekend and scored some delicious treasures. I bought this beautiful broccoli and this aged raw gouda cheese from grass fed cows from a local farm Fruitful Seasons Dairy . Check them out, you will not be disappointed. I typically eat dairy free but if I choose dairy (because my body gets angry at me when I eat it), I like raw and aged cheese that comes from grass fed cows so this is perfect, plus it is local!!!! Raw milk cheese is a complete food, containing proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, cholesterol, and probiotics. It contains all of the 8 essential amino acids (the building blocks for protein and we need to get this from our diet). When traditional dairy is heated, some of these benefits are destroyed. This soup is gluten free and can be made dairy free by leaving the gouda out and was done in about 30 minutes.
The Broccoli (I used two of these)
The star of the show, the Cheese!
Mashed sweet potatoes add nutrients and creaminess without the added cream, flour, and butter.
This soup tastes delicious dairy and cheese free too so If you are dairy free, just leave the gouda out.
But if you want to add a creamy amazing goodness to it, add it in! You will not be disappointed.
Broccoli and Gouda Cheese Soup
2 cups of fresh broccoli, chopped into tiny florets (set 1/3 aside to steam for topping)
3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup of raw milk aged gouda cheese made from grass fed cows, freshly grated, rind removed (extra for garnish)
1 cup of shredded or finely chopped carrots
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup precooked and mashed sweet potato
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Himalayan pink salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Bring the onion, carrots, 2/3 of the broccoli, bay leaf and the garlic to a simmer with the stock. Simmer for 15 minutes or so. Remove the bay leaf and add in the mashed sweet potato. Blend a little with immersion blender or add half into your Vitamix and blend to desired texture. I like to leave a little texture in my soup. Add in your seasonings. If you want it dairy free, stop here , top with a serving of remaining steamed broccoli and crushed red pepper flakes, and enjoy. If you want the creamy smokey goodness of the gouda, add in the cheese. Melt over low heat until blended. Top with more grated cheese. steamed florets, and crushed red pepper flakes.
My belly is really happy!
I cannot wait until the next Farmers Market! If you have a local farmers market or access to a CSA share, check them out. It is a great way to try new things.