Healthier Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Healthier Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I love love love all soups! This one was pretty close to my fav at Panera!

You have to give it a try!


Healthier 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 and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated extra-sharp Cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • One 12-ounce can of fat-free evaporated milk



  1. 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. 
  2. Spray a large pot with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the broccoli stems, onions, and potatoes and cook, stirring, until softened, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and bring it 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. 
  4. Meanwhile, combine the reserved florets and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and continue to steam until the florets are bright green and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. Stir in the Cheddar, Worcestershire, and milk. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Garnish with scallions. 


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