Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fast, Easy, and Delicious Broccoli Cheese Soup

Lately, I have seen broccoli cheese soup on a few menus when we went out to eat. However, I usually  shy away from ordering soups when eating out as I never know how healthy they are, and oftentimes they are very fatty and include “mystery” ingredients.

Homemade soups, on the other hand, are a great way to eat your veggies without adding lots of fat or “mystery” ingredients. My “secret” to creamy soups is my immersion blender. It turns any veggie soup into a “creamy” soup without adding any fat.

When I saw the beautiful broccoli in my CSA delivery, I knew that I had to finally make some broccoli cheese soup.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients:
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 bunch of broccoli, stems peeled and cut into pieces and florets separated
  • 6 cups of low sodium or homemade vegetable broth, or water, or a combination of broth and water
  • 1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt, optional
  • pepper, optional
Directions:
  1. Heat a bit of olive oil in a big pot, and when hot, add the diced onion and then the garlic and sauté for a few minutes.
  2. Then add the broccoli to the pot and sauté for a minute.
  3. Add the vegetable stock and cook everything for 15 minutes, until the broccoli is soft.
  4. Puree the soup with an immersion blender.
  5. Once the soup is smooth, add the cheese and let it melt in the hot soup.
  6. Then blend the soup some more with the immersion blender to make sure the soup and the cheese “marry.”
  7. If desired, season with salt and pepper.
  8. Enjoy!
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I actually tasted the soup before adding the cheese, and it was delicious. So if you want to keep it dairy free, feel free to leave out the cheese, and you’ll still end up with a delicious (lower calorie, dairy-free) soup!

Questions: What’s your favorite soup? What’s your favorite way to eat broccoli? I love raw broccoli followed by broccoli cheese soup… :-)

Be well,
Andrea

23 comments:

  1. I love my immersion blender, it makes all kinds of great soups. Sometimes adding a reallly soft or silken tofu and then blending makes the soup even creamier. My mom didn't beleive I didn't add cream or at least milk to the last broccoli soup I served her.

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  2. That sounds great- I've never had broccoli cheese soup before but it sounds like my dream bowl :D Favourite soup is pasta fagiole- similar to minstrone but with a lot of beans in it (half are pureed so it is really thick). Favourite way to eat broccoli is roasted :)

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  3. I love soups!! So perfect for those cold winter days. Looks delicious!!

    xo

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  4. at the moment THAT soup is my favorite and I just happen to have a head of brocc in the fridge with no plans.

    voila! THAT is what's for dinner tonight for me! (except I still have a huge bit of lefover soup from last weekend...better eat that first i think...but really...your's looks better!

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  5. Mmmm...sounds delicious! Cheese and broccoli- how can that be bad, right?!

    My favorite way to eat broccoli is the way my Gram makes it with evoo and garlic. I could eat bowls of it!

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  6. Looks great and I love the shade of green. My fave soup is veggie and I love broccoli plain steamed.

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  7. You had me at your title - great soup!! I love broccoli cheddar soup but haven't had it in a long time! My favorite soup is Southwestern white bean & chicken soup. Yum. My favorite way to eat broccoli is in stir fry!

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  8. I just love broccoli and cheese soup but hardly order cause its not so low cal. I love this recipe! It looks delicious, healthy, and easy. yum.
    I think my favorite soup would have to be tortilla. so good!

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  9. I totally agree with this! Blending up just a few veggies and spices can make incredibly creamy soups, without the need of heavy cream! I'm surprised at some of the actual vegan soups I can make that get so creamy and tasty!

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  10. I'ma lover of all soups. Ok maybe not all, but most soups. That's what i really need...an immersion blender. I usually use my regular blender to get those creamy soups, but I've had incidents where I accidentally spilled all over the stove/counter top. Not a really fun cleanup.

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  11. haha, great minds think alike! Your recipe is very similar to mine, except mine is simplified, and probably not quite as good :) I seriously LOVE broccoli. I will eat it with anything, even in burritos/tacos/pizza! Yeah, crazy, but why not?!

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  12. Your soup sounds delicious, and so "clean!" My mom makes cream of broccoli soup and wow, it is yummy but definitely CREAM-y.

    I can't stand raw broccoli, but I love it steamed :)

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  13. Definitely saving that recipe! Too bad the weather isn't leaving me craving warm anymore, it's craving the grill!!!

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  14. Mmm I love soup. It's one of the few things that I'll miss once spring comes. This recipe looks fab!

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  15. Yummy broccoli soup! Sounds wonderful for lunch right now! We like broccoli roasted or in a soup like this too!

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  16. Love your soup! Broccoli cheese is one of my favorites - but I always end it with 1/2 cup fat free half and half, a little goes a long way and makes it extra creamy!

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  17. I love a simple broccoli and cheese soup, and yours looks great. I also liked that you let the vegans know that it was good without cheese-very thoughtful, Deary!

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  18. love what you told me re friendships out of convenience..i wanted to write that on my blog but didnt, i.e. the soccer mom 2 doors down who feeds her kids oscar meyer weiners and doritos for lunch and who let them cry it out and who eats the SAD, no, nothing in common with her, but she's close and our kids are the same age type of thing. So true. That's why i prefer my net friends.

    Re your kiddo/dorm, well, no pressure b/c honestly the chances of me putting it on for a week at this point are pretty much 1 out of 10 and i will do a 1-2 day drop in, but just need to coordinate dates. however, i can't do lodging then. everyone's on their own.

    Anyway hon, enjoy your weekend!

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  19. Mmm I don't even like soup but this looks great! I'm a fan of chili and beef stew. Anything really thick and chunky!

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  20. I love broccoli and cheese together, so good! I use white beans in my blended broccoli cheddar soup to thicken it up, plus it adds more protein and fiber.

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  21. Yummy! this does look easy and so healthy!

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  22. i love how green that soup looks :)

    and you and lara are adorable! i swear i do not look that cute when i am at the gym, haha!

    hope you had a wonderful weekend andrea!

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