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Skinny Broccoli Cheese Soup

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One of the husband’s favorite soups is Broccoli Cheese (or Broccoli Cheddar) Soup.

Warm, gooey, cheesy, rich – there are a lot of things to love about Broccoli Cheese Soup.

What I don’t love is the fact that one tiny cup of the traditional recipe can run you over 400 calories and 18g saturated fat. That’s because most versions of this recipe end up being more like “cheese soup with a tiny bit of broccoli” 🙂

I have been looking for a way to healthify this recipe for a while now, and I was so excited when I came across this recipe from Cooking Light!

I managed to make the Cooking Light version even healthier by making it veggie-friendly (traditional broccoli cheese soup recipes use chicken stock) and adding in even more broccoli without losing any of the cheesy goodness.

And the best part — this recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make! Serve it with some crusty bread and you’ve got yourself a delicious, light, dinner.

The Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsalted vegetable stock
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 + 1/8 cup half-and-half
  • 4 ounces shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (optional, garnish)

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The Directions

Step 1:  Combine first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender.

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Step 2: Turn off the heat. Using an immersion (hand) blender, blend the soup until it’s creamy. [Alternatively if you don’t have a hand blender you can use a regular blender: Pour soup into a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Return soup to pan.]

Step 3: Stir in 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup half-and-half and 2 ounces cheese. You don’t need to turn the stove back on again, the residual heat from the soup should melt the cheese.

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Step 4: Top evenly with remaining 1 tbsp cheese per bowl and parsley.

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This is comfort food at its best: delicious (thanks to the cheese and cream) but also nutritious (thanks to the fiber and phytochemicals from the broccoli – which have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties).

The husband loved this recipe and we managed to finish all of the soup between the two of us!

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Skinny Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup takes under thirty minutes to make and is quite easy to lighten up without the flavor suffering.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 110kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsalted vegetable stock
  • 4 cups broccoli florets coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup half-and-half
  • 4 ounces shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves optional, garnish

Instructions

  • Combine first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  • Turn off the heat. Using an immersion (hand) blender, blend the soup until it's creamy. [Alternatively if you don't have a hand blender you can use a regular blender: Pour soup into a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Return soup to pan.]
  • Stir in 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup half-and-half and 2 ounces cheese. You don't need to turn the stove back on again, the residual heat from the soup should melt the cheese.
  • Top evenly with remaining 1 tbsp cheese per bowl and parsley.

Notes

Adapted from Cooking Light

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.6g | Protein: 7.7g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 458mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 0.9g
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Appetizers are the perfect complement to my favorite entrees and dinner party menus. You can also make a small batch for a snack, or turn them into a complete meal.

97 responses to “Skinny Broccoli Cheese Soup”

  1. This was amazing! My husband who loves super creamy soups couldnt tell the difference!! He asked when we could have it again! I loves it as well – thank you for sharing!

  2. I have made this twice now. Great soup and genius of you to double the broccoli. This resolves the complaints about thinness in the original.

  3. I have made this recipe about 10 times or more. My family loves it and I usually triple the recipe and freeze some for lunches at work. It never disappoints.

    • Yay!! That’s so awesome Christine! Thanks for letting me know! This is one of my favorites as well 🙂

    • Hi Jody! I’m not sure you’d get a good consistency for this soup if you just used a potato masher. It tastes best when it’s fully pureed. That said, it’s worth trying to see if it works for you!

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