I just returned from Charleston and was craving home cooked soup for lunch. I haven't made this in a while, but it's exactly what I was in the mood for. I'm reviving from the archives now that the weather is getting cooler, it's the perfect soup to warm up and leftovers are great to pack for lunch.
When I was a kid, broccoli and cheese was my favorite thing to eat. Anytime we had leftover broccoli I would always heat it up the next day with melted cheese. This soup reminds me of those snacks, and it's the ultimate comfort food in a bowl.
Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup
Servings: 5 • Serving Size: 1-2/3 cups • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 236 • Fat: 11 g • Sat Fat: 7 • Carb: 27 g • Fiber: 5 g • Protein: 18 g
Sodium: 753 mg • Choles: 36 mg
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour (all purpose, whole wheat or ap gluten-free)
- 2 1/2 cups less sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1 cup fat free milk
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced small
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt and fresh pepper
- 4 cups (about 2 heads) broccoli florets, chopped into small pieces
- 1-1/2 cups reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar
- 2 slices 2% American cheese
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
Chop onion, carrot, celery, garlic in a chopper or mini food processor.
In a large soup pot, melt butter. Add chopped vegetables and sauté on low heat until soft, about 5 minutes.
Add flour, salt and pepper to the pot and stir until smooth.
Add chicken broth, milk and potatoes and set heat to high until it comes to a boil, then cover and cook on low until potatoes are soft, about 10-15 minutes.
Add broccoli florets, parmesan cheese, and stir well. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cook uncovered until broccoli is cooked, about 5 minutes. Add cheddar and American cheese, stir well and remove from heat.
Using an immersion blender, quickly blend part of the soup for a quick second or two. If you don't have an immersion blender, remove about 1-2 cups of potatoes and broccoli, place it in your chopper, then add it back to the soup. This helps thicken it a bit.
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