6 cups vegetable broth (or 6 cups water with 2 tablespoons Vegebase)
8-10 small potatoes (about 3 pounds), cubed
3-4 carrots, chopped
3-4 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons salt
Pepper to taste
Saute the onion in a little bit of water until it softens. Add the garlic, and saute an additional 2-3 minutes until the garlic is fragrant. Mix in the cornstarch, broth. vegetables, bay leaf and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Remove the bay leaf, and use a potato masher to mash some of the potatoes. For a creamier soup, puree half the soup in a blender then return to the pot to serve. Add pepper to taste.
I'll have to report back with the Sprout Ratings because I didn't eat dinner with them tonight. Jim said that they all enjoyed it though!