Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup: rich, hearty, creamy and thick. This lightened-up version is made without cream but it's still very tasty!

There is nothing quite as comforting on chilly nights as a big bowl of broccoli cheddar soup. It’s rich, hearty, creamy, thick, and absolutely delicious!

This is a lightened-up version yet still very tasty. Instead of adding cream to thicken the soup, I used potatoes. Potatoes give thickness without all the fat and calories of heavy cream.

The recipe is quick and simple and it takes just 30 minutes from start to finish.  Sautée the onion and garlic, add the vegetable stock and potatoes and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Toss in the broccoli and cook until they start to soften, but are still bright green. Puree the soup until smooth, return it to the pot and stir in the cheddar cheese until it is completely melted.

You can either purée the soup with an immersion blender right in the pot or pour it in a blender.  If using a normal blender make sure not to fill it more than half full and allow the steam to escape.

I prefer sharp cheddar cheese but you can certainly replace it with mild cheddar if you prefer. Freshly-grate the cheddar yourself from a block of cheese, the store-bought shredded cheese doesn’t have much flavor.

Serve this lighten-up broccoli cheddar soup with some crusty artisan bread, or alongside a green salad.

Pass me a spoon, please! 🙂

I’d love to hear what you think if you give it a try! Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #aseasyasapplepie on Instagram!

Broccoli cheddar soup: rich, hearty, creamy and thick. This lightened-up version is made without cream but it's still very tasty!
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Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
 
Author: as easy as Apple Pie
Course: Soup
Servings:4

Broccoli cheddar soup: rich, hearty, creamy, and thick! This lightened-up version is made without cream or milk but it's still very tasty.

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 960 ml (4 cups) vegetable stock low sodium
  • 2 medium potatoes diced
  • 450 grams (1 lb) broccoli
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 100 grams(1 cup) + plus extra to garnish the soup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and sautee the onion and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the potatoes and vegetable stock and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Add the broccoli and cook until they start to soften but are still bright green, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and carefully blend until smooth using a blender, a food processor or an immersion blender.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the cheddar cheese until it is completely melted
  7. Serve in bowls garnished with shredded cheddar.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes

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Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (485g) — Calories: 269, Fat: 12.6g, Saturated Fat: 6.1g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 887mg, Carbohydrates: 29.1g, Fiber: 6.6g, Sugar: 6.7g, Protein: 12.5g

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Broccoli cheddar soup: rich, hearty, creamy and thick. This lightened-up version is made without cream but it's still very tasty!

2 comments on “Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup”

  1. Hello Elena, it occurs to me that this delicious sounding recipe would be a good base for using up all the green vegetables that my garden is bursting with at the moment. (I’m in New Zealand, so heading into summer). I love soups and could freeze them easily in this creamless form. Just wondering if I should wait and add the cheese when thawing and reheating? Thank you. Lizzie B

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