The Return of The Klutz and a Tasty Veggie Soup

8 Oct
Potato Leek and Broccoli Soup with Pancetta Bread Crumbs

Potato Leek and Broccoli Soup with Pancetta Bread Crumbs

We’re back from our 20th wedding anniversary trip to our RV property on the Siletz River on the Central Coast of Oregon. Not too newsworthy unless I mention the fact that I pretty much shattered my left middle finger on the second day there in a boat launch accident.ย  I had surgery on the finger the day after we got back, and am now entrapped in a traction device. I don’t have the sling anymore at least, that was just to hold up my arm until the nerve block wore off.ย  After the recipe so you get to look at a few of “exciting” photos of the trip if you want. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finger Traction Device

Finger Traction Device ~ Only the second one made at the clinic, lucky me!

Yet, I’m feeling for ya’! So I’ll share a yummy soup recipe I made just before we left first. It’s the least I can do. I only got a couple of pics since I was also packing for the week.

p.s. I finally purchased a sous vide immersion circulator! I’ve been experimenting it (with the hubby’s help since I’m down to one hand, but so far so good!) Just had an awesome chuck roast beef stew cooked 26 hours at 165F then seared with pan gravy made from juices in bag. I’ll start posting those those types of recipes when I can. Picture-taking is mighty hard at the present. Typing with one hand is not exactly a picnic either…

Potato, Leek, and Broccoli Soup with Pancetta Bread Crumbs
Adapted from Food and Wine

3 cloves unpeeled garlic
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 cup sliced leeks, white and light green parts only
1 pound Russet or other potatoes, peeled and chopped small
2 cups broccoli florets, coarsely chopped small
2 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock or low-sodium broth
1/2 cups Half and Half
Wedge of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Salt or Mrs. Dash and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup cubed sourdough bread
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 cup finely chopped pancetta
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon dried and crushed rosemary (or 1 teaspoon fresh)

Wrap garlic cloves in foil and bake at 400F degrees for 35 minutes. Remove and let cool then peel and add to a food processor or blender.

In a soup pot or Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the leeks, potatoes and broccoli and cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the leeks start to soften. Add the chicken stock and 3 1/2 cups of water, cover and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat until all of the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

Working in batches, add soup to the garlic in the food processor or blender, amd puree the soup until very smooth. Return the puree to the pot and stir in the Half and Half and wedge of lemon juice. Season the soup with salt or Mrs. Dash and pepper. Keep warm on low.

Meanwhile, pulse the bread cubes in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. In a skillet, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the tablespoon of oil. Add the pancetta, sage, rosemary and bread crumbs and cook over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until the crumbs and pancetta are browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with the pancetta crumbs, and enjoy!

Potato Leek and Broccoli Soup with Pancetta Bread Crumbs

Potato Leek and Broccoli Soup with Pancetta Bread Crumbs

Download and Print this Recipe

Download and Print this Yummy Recipe!

Here are some pics from our vacation:

An armada of Kayakers on the Siletz River

An armada of kayakers on the Siletz River

Neighbor and hubby showing off the Dungeness crab

Neighbor and hubby showing off the Dungeness crab

Me showing off some crabs

Me showing off some crabs

Our Dungeness crab haul for the day

Our Dungeness crab haul for the day


Our Anniversary Dinner

Our Anniversary Dinner ~ Tee Hee!

New deck

Hubby built a new deck out of our old dock that washed away in flooding last year




70 Responses to “The Return of The Klutz and a Tasty Veggie Soup”

  1. Movin' it with Michelle October 8, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    mmmm that soup sounds amazing right now!

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  2. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser October 8, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    Oh my KR-first off Belated “Happy Anniversary” to you both! Secondly, how terrible for you to have a throbbing “finger” and trying to enjoy that lovely dinner-Third-love the soup. xoxoxo ccc

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  3. October 8, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    Oh my Kathryn – ouch! I make a potato/leek soup but what a great idea to add broccoli. Nice finishing touch with the croutons too!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger October 8, 2016 at 7:18 am #

      Thanks Judy! It was ready to expire and we were leaving to go camping so I searched for recipes with what I needed to use up before we left. Voila!


  4. D. Wallace Peach October 8, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    Oh, your poor finger. Ouch, Kathryn. That must have been some smash. I like the photo where you’re giving the camera a big fat finger Ha ha. Hope you heal quickly. Thanks for the soup recipe. The pancetta bread crumbs are a nice touch. Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Gerlinde October 8, 2016 at 7:48 am #

    Ouch, ouch and ouch again. I hope you get better soon. What a nice looking soup ๐Ÿœ!

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  6. Teagan Geneviene October 8, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    Oh Kathryn, that is absolutely horrible! I admire that you didn’t let it ruin things for you. You both look wonderfully happy in your anniversary photo. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค
    Being one-handed is a huge challenge (as I know from when I broke my wrist — i was that way for months — plus it was my right hand, and of course, I'm right handed…).
    The soup looks delicious, and the photos were great fun. Thanks so much for sharing this post, especially under the difficulties. Love & hugs.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger October 8, 2016 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks so much Teagan! I am thankful it was my left hand since I am right-handed. What’s so darn frustrating about the traction device is I don’t even have use of my other fingers! I can’t grab on to anything unless it’s very small. Love and hugs back. xo

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      • Teagan Geneviene October 8, 2016 at 8:59 am #

        That’s difficult… I had sit in the floor and hold things with my feet, so I could open them (jars, bottles, cans and such). LOL it was pretty comical.
        I know you will, but be sure to really go for it with the physical therapy when you get to that point. After having your hand immobile for any length of time, it will take some effort to get your mobility back. Keep your shoulder very well exercised meanwhile. Mine froze right away. The doctor said it was the body’s reaction to the trauma at the extremity (in your case, the finger), since I had not been immobile for long when it happened.
        Sorry… I call myself Doctor Granny when I get this way (as in the Beverly Hillbillies) spewing un-requested advice.
        More hugs.

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      • anotherfoodieblogger October 8, 2016 at 11:56 am #

        Hugs to you Dr.Granny! I’m no stranger to PT. I broke the same hand’s pinky three years ago, my leg about 10 years ago, my left wrist in second grade and my right wrist in third. Oh, and probably my pinky toe at least 10 times throughout the years…lol! xoxoxo

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  7. Karina Pinella October 8, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    Lots of fun and not too fun stuff (breaking finger) happening, but mostly fun. The crabs look great and so does the soup. Wonderful pictures, as always. Looking forward to more!

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  8. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso October 8, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    Glad to hear your finger is healing. Tasty looking soup, perfect for the fall. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Snapshotsincursive October 8, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    I need to do something wonderful like this with the leeks I have on hand. Thanks for the idea! ๐Ÿ“

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  10. spearfruit October 8, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Enjoyed the pictures! So sorry to hear about the finger Kathryn. Will you have to wear the traction device for very long?

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  11. Sadie's Nest October 8, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    Oh my goodness! How terrible! (And yet you make it all look so wonderful!) Soup looks great too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Jodi October 8, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    So much joy here. Kathryn. Love the smiles st the anniversary dinner. The soup sounds amazing!!

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  13. lynne hoareau October 9, 2016 at 12:18 am #

    Well, firstly happy belated anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚ Secondly, Kathryn, you are always in the wars , shame !!!! Hope that finger is doing okay. and last but not least your soup sounds divine, just perfect and a soup I would love. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. gina@mytinytexaslife October 9, 2016 at 5:26 am #

    Well shoot. Had to be the middle digit too. Looks like yall had a great time anyway. The soup sounds amazing. I am jealous of the kayak peeps. We havent been able to get out because if the wind. Did catch a catfish and a sand bass last night though. Have a great day๐Ÿ˜ŠTake care of that finger.

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  15. Garfield Hug October 9, 2016 at 7:14 am #

    Happy 20th anniversary and I hope your finger heals fast! Aah dungness crabs…good memory of Oregon. I miss it. Thanks for sharing. Cheers to more great travels and anniversaries๐Ÿ˜Š

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  16. Michelle Williams October 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    You poor thing. I’m glad your finger is on the mend. I cannot wait to make this soup. I love leeks and potatoes. I don’t love broccoli so this is a good way for me to “sneak” it into my diet. Thank you!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger October 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      Thank you Michelle, the flavor of broccoli is hidden well in this soup. And oh, the pancetta breadcrumbs, yumm!!

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  17. Conor Bofin October 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    Lovely soup. Recover quickly.

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  18. Adam J. Holland October 10, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Goodness gracious! That contraption looks like something from ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ โ€” The soup, on the other hand, looks like it was sent from the heavens. Take care of that finger and keep on cooking!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger October 10, 2016 at 9:42 am #

      Thank you Adam! Only 3 more weeks with this confounded contraption. I rely heavily now on hubby to slice and dice. ๐Ÿ™‚


  19. chef mimi October 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    Oh no! And only on the second day! So sad. Here’s to a fabulous soup, and fast healing!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger October 10, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

      Thanks Mimi! It wasn’t too bad since it was only splinted while we were there so still had the use of most of my hand and still got to fish and crab. Now with the device on, I am down to one hand. Only three more weeks!


      • chef mimi October 10, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

        Oh, because it was one finger. Well that’s good.

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  20. Linda October 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    Sorry to hear you’re injured Kathryn!! I’ve been MIA lately and will be again for two weeks so I’ll have to catch up when I return…in the meantime hope you heal quickly!! (And the soup looks great!) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Lynz Real Cooking October 10, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    Oh my gosh! You poor thing!!! xoxox take care, love the pictures and the soup!

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  22. all-TIM-ate October 10, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    sorry to hear that you are injured – look after yourself.
    the soup looks and sounds amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Sheryl October 11, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    mmm. . . the soup looks delicious. Sorry to hear about your finger. It sounds awful. I hope that it heals quickly.

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  24. Fourth Generation Farmgirl October 12, 2016 at 6:40 am #

    The soup looks wonderful! Happy Anniversary!! ๐ŸŽ‰

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  25. Sumith Babu October 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

    Happy belated anniversary Kathryn. Good to know your fingers are healing. And your soup sounds very delicious. Thanks for this share.

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  26. ChgoJohn October 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Glad to have you back, Kathryn. The soup sounds delicious and I especially like the idea of pancetta croutons. So sorry to learn of your mishap. I don’t know how you managed to take photos and write this post.Hope your recovery is going better than predicted and that soon you’ll be at 100% again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. FrugalHausfrau October 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    Ohwow, KR! That is one scary hand!! Poor you – Good luck and good healing to you. And those crab are amazing…this soup looks incredible, btw!

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  28. anotherfoodieblogger October 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    Thank you!!!



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