Nature is wise and offers us healthy products. So now it’s up to us to make the best of them. Vegetables are what your body needs. Potatoes, onions, beets and carrots all share the stage, but it’s the broccoli that steals the show here. This superstar in the Mediterranean Diet performs well with a splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Make your dishes sing with color and flavor.
First, take a large pot, and then add 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain. Place over medium heat and add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic, and sauté for about 4 minutes.
Add 2 cups of stock, the potatoes and some salt. Turn up the heat until it boils and then add the broccoli. Cover the pot, turn down the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
If necessary, add another cup of stock and let it cook for another 5 minutes. All the vegetables should be tender. Then remove from the heat.
Put the other 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain in a pan, put it on the burner (keeping it at the same temperature as before), and add the whole wheat flour. Cook, stirring continuously with a whisk, and adding the milk, little by little. Remember that the mixture should be thick and free of lumps. Add salt and pepper, and then stir.
Add this sauce to the vegetable soup and let it cook for a few more minutes.
Remove the chowder from the heat and check the salt. If you want to make it a bit lighter, you can add more stock.
Serve on a plate and garnish with cheese to taste.
If you like this kind of dish, go to the soup or stew section where you’ll find some equally appetizing recipes.