If your ideal comfort food is a fully loaded baked potato, this soothing soup is for you. Deliciously warm and cozy—this naturally gluten-free soup melds nutritious broccoli and hearty potatoes with buttery Havarti and bold cheddar cheese.  

Martha Stewart Living, March 2022


Credit: Nico Schinco

Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr 40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once foam subsides, swirl in oil. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned in places, 6 to 9 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and red-pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in broccoli stalks, potato, broth, and 1 cup water; season with salt and pepper.

  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potato and broccoli stalks are almost tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Stir in broccoli florets, cover, and cook until bright green and tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Using the back of a spoon, mash half of potato against side of pot to create a thicker consistency. Add half of each cheese to soup; stir over low heat until melted and season to taste.

  • Preheat broiler, with a rack 6 inches below heating element. Divide soup among 6 broiler-safe bowls, then sprinkle evenly with remaining cheeses. Place bowls on a large rimmed baking sheet. Broil until cheese is melted and browned in places, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool slightly; drizzle with more oil and sprinkle with more red-pepper flakes. Serve.