I recently discovered that my man friend really likes Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Like to the point where if its on the menu anywhere, he’s going to order it. No questions asked. Don’t know why it took me so long to this find out, but better late than never! That being said, I scoured the internet for recipes and was a little put off by so many of them. So many call for full-fat cream, loads of butter and even more shredded cheese! All that equals = not a happy/healthy waistline! So, I took a few recipes and honed them down to better ingredients, lower calorie and fat content, upping the serving of veggies while still tasting FANTASTIC! How you say? Well, you’re in luck, cause I’m willing to share!
- 1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp butter
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 1/4 c. flour
- 2 cups skim or 1% milk
- 3 cups low-salt chicken broth (I buy Campbell’s)
- 4 fresh broccoli crowns (washed and chopped into bit sized pieces, stems included)
- 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (I usually buy the “less fat” cheese, and found it tastes exactly the same!)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste
Step-by-Step (ooh-baby…yes I’m channeling NKOTB)
- In a small frying pan, melt 1 tbsp butter and saute chopped onion until onion pieces are clear. Set aside.
- In a medium/large pot melt 1/4 c. butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir well. It’ll get clumpy, but it’ll all work out! Maybe 3-5 minutes here.
- With a whisk add the milk and broth to the pot and let it simmer for maybe 15-20 minutes. Stirring quite a bit at the beginning to get the clumps of butter-flour mixed in well. This step is quite like making a white sauce.
- Add in the already sauteed onion and all of the fresh broccoli and stir into the milk-broth until well covered.
- Continue to simmer and occasionally stir for another 25 minutes until the broccoli is tender.
- Take off the heat, and take an immersion blender to the soup and puree a bit. I like to leave a few chunks, but this makes for a smoother soup.
- Add the nutmeg and shredded cheese. Stir and let the cheese melt. Serve and enjoy!
This made about 6 sizable servings. Two were eaten right away, two were packed up for lunches, and another two made their way to the freezer. 🙂
I’ve always loved potatoes. Not sure how that love manifested, but I’ve loved them forever and in all of their many forms. From mashed, baked, broiled, pan fried, roasted, deep-fried, boiled, barbecued etc. (the list continues…). All that love, and yet, I’d never made them into a soup. Now, I have always liked potato leek soup, and will order it frequently when out at restaurants, but still never sat down and figured it out for myself! 2015 is my year to figure out how to make things I’ve always wanted to, but never did. So here goes!
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 leeks (the more white, the better)
- 4 medium potatoes (any colour, I used red), peeled and sliced
- 3 1/2 c. chicken broth (make your own, or cheat and use Campbell’s in the tetra pack)
- 1 c. milk (I used 1%)
- salt & pepper
- Place butter and chopped onion in a large pot over medium-low heat and slowly soften the onions (without burning them).
- Once soft, add your leeks. Using only the white part of the leek all the way up the stalk. Be sure to rinse them well once cut as I find they can be quite dirty sometimes. See photo for how much to cut into the leek. Continue stirring and cooking the leeks with the onions.
- After a few minutes add the sliced potatoes, broth, and a few quick shakes of salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 25-30 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.
- Once the potatoes are soft, take the pot off the heat and let sit for a few minutes.
- Using an immersion blender, delicately blend the ingredients while still in the pot. How much you blend is up to you. I like a few chunks of potato left in my soup, so I don’t blend it completely. But again, totally up to you. 🙂
- Add the milk and stir through.
- Add more salt and/or pepper to taste (I used a low salt broth, so I found mine needed a bit more salt when done).
You can serve right away, or put in containers for lunches etc. I put a few freezer-safe containers in the freezer too.