I don’t know about you, but around our house, we’ve gone into winter soup mode. This Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup takes a bit of work, but it’s chock full of good-for-you broccoli and there’s less fat than in other recipes. If you’re looking for a tasty soup for a cold winter night that won’t break your calorie budget, this one might just be exactly what you want.
Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- 1 bunch broccoli
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1 medium red-skinned potato diced
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 cup grated extra-sharp Cheddar
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- One 12-ounce can fat-free evaporated milk
- 2 scallions thinly sliced
- Separate the stems and the florets from the broccoli. Trim and discard the bottom of the broccoli stems and peel the tough outer layers. Finely chop the stems and coarsely chop the florets and set aside separately.
- Saute the broccoli stems, onions and potatoes until softened (about 7 to 10 minutes).
- Working quickly, add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and the vegetables are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
- While simmering the broth, combine the reserved florets and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and continue to steam until the florets are bright green and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the entire contents of the pot with the florets to the soup along with the nutmeg. Stir to combine and remove from the heat.
- Stir in the Cheddar, Worcestershire and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with the scallions.