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Healthy Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Broccoli Cheese Soup

 

One of my favorite things to eat in my past *unhealthy* life was Broccoli Cheese Soup. Preferably in a giant bread bowl from Panera. Delicious, but not so great for the waistline, ya know what I’m sayin?!

I was recently reading Megan’s blog and got inspired to make my own healthy version of this cold weather classic. It’s perfect for even the pickiest of eaters and I don’t think there’s anything more satisfying on a cold autumn night!

You’ll need:

  • 4 full broccoli heads + stems
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 oz mild goat cheddar, shredded (I used Alta Dena brand)
  • 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • small pat of butter
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • sea salt to taste

 

 

First, melt butter in a large pot over med-high heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook until soft and transparent. Next add chopped celery, carrots, chopped broccoli stems (if you want your soup a bit chunky then use the stems only in this step, not the florets!), almond milk, water and some sea salt. Bring to a slow boil and cook until the veggies are soft, about 15mins.

 

 

Next, pour the mixture into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Or, you can blend the mixture using an immersion blender like I did…so much easier. I highly recommend investing in one! I use mine all the time for blending soups, mashed potatoes, etc.

Then add finely chopped broccoli florets to the blended mixture and cook for another 10mins or until soft.

 

 

Next comes the cheeeeeeeese. Stir in 6 oz of shredded goat cheese (I used Alta Dena Mild Cheddar) and add it to the mixture along with 1/4 tsp nutmeg.

 

 

Stir the mixture well, then add sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Et voilà! A lovely Broccoli Cheese soup that’s clean, perfectly combined, loaded with veggies and super tasty!

I served mine topped with some goat cheese and chopped green onions. It was soooooo good! What are your favorite cold weather recipes?

 

 

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18 Responses to “Healthy Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe”

  1. Anonymous November 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    This looks amazing! I’m def gonna put this on my list 🙂

  2. Anonymous November 17, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Oh. My. Goodness! This looks awesome! I have been loving the soups lately! Last week I made a whole pot of Tortilla Soup and guess what I’ve had for lunch for the past week?! ;o)

  3. yadsia November 17, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Wow, you were actually able to make this classic into something healthy.

  4. Katie December 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I made this last night! This soup is amazing! An instant favorite in my house.

  5. Jana January 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I simply looooooove broccoli…btw can you make a raw version of this soup? have you ever tried?thanks and have a great rest of the week:-)

    • Linda January 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

      I have never tried…I don’t typically care for raw broccoli and find it hard to digest. I’ll think about it though and see if I can come up with something! 🙂

  6. Melissa January 31, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    This may be a stupid question but what’s the benefit of using goat cheddar over cheddar made with cow milk? I’m trying to change my diet and eat less animal products/more fruits and veggies so I’m just curious if there’s a health benefit to using a non cow dairy product or if it’s just personal preference.

    • Linda January 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      Great Question Melissa, I’ll address this in a future post! 🙂

      • Lisa March 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

        I’m looking forward to your reply on the goat’s milk. We seem to do better on goat products than cow. But cow dairy slips back in because it is easier to find in our small town.

      • Chelsea June 26, 2012 at 11:49 am #

        Looking forward to this post too–I am allergic to goat cheese, do you have any other options that you would recommend?

  7. Molly March 2, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    I just made this for myself and a few friends for dinner and it was fantastic!!! I used white goat cheddar from the Farmer’s Market and I love love loved it! I didn’t expect it to be half as filling as it was which was a plus too. Thanks for the amazing recipes Linda! When my family knows I’m cooking one of your recipes, they’ve begun to expect healthy and delicious meals. 🙂 Thank you!!

  8. Sooz July 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    This sounds yummy! How many servings does this recipe make? 🙂

  9. Val January 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    Have you ever made this in a slow cooker? Any tips on cooking it this way? Thanks!

    • Linda January 3, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

      I have not but I imagine you could just throw everything together in the pot and it would work just fine! Let me know how it goes!

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