Sunday, August 30, 2020

Ellie Krieger's Healthier Broccoli-Cheddar Soup for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

This week I was craving Broccoli-Cheddar Soup and since I wanted a healthier version without as much cheese and fat so I turned to Ellie Krieger for a healthier version.

Krieger's recipe reduces the amount of cheese and bulks the broccoli and the creamy factor out by adding white beans. Since you blend it all up, you won't know they beans are there and they add more fiber and protein. You can also grate extra cheese if you have any eaters who like to pile it on. ;-)

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup
(Makes About 4 Servings)

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 large head broccoli, florets and tender part of stems, chopped (about 6 cups)
3 cups no-salt-added chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup canned, no-salt-added Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup low-fat (1 percent) milk (I used coconut milk as that's what I had on hand)
1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (3oz)
1 tsp powdered mustard
1/2 tsp salt + more as needed

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, stir in the onion and cook for about 4 minutes, until tender but not browned.
Add the broccoli, broth and beans; increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Let the soup cool for 15 minutes, then puree it in a blender in three batches, until smooth. Wipe out the saucepan as needed.
Return the blended soup to the saucepan over medium heat. Once the soup is bubbling at the edges, reduce the heat to low. Stir in the milk, 3/4 cup of the cheese, the powdered mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook until just warmed through.
Taste and add more salt as needed. Divide among individual bowls or deep mugs, and garnish with portions using the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese. Serve hot.
Nutritional Information: Per serving: 290 calories, 14 g protein, 26 g, carbohydrates, 16 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 520 mg sodium, 7 g dietary fiber, 9 g sugar

Notes/Results: A simple and good broccoli soup. The cheese flavor is there--just not overpowering it like it can in the full fat version. Since my local store had bags  frozen broccoli on sale, it was both cheaper and faster (no chopping!) to use it instead of a head of broccoli. The soup is nice and creamy, rich and satisfying and I'd happily make it again.

I'm linking up at I Heart Cooking Clubs where it is Potluck week with any recipe from any of our 20 featured chefs--like Ellie Krieger. 

Let's see who is in the Souper Sundays kitchen this week!

Nancy of Colors 4 Health is here with a post on How to Make Scrumptious Hummus and a Recipe Round Up. Nancy says, "Hummus tastes delicious smeared on veggies or bread, as a dip on a crudités platter, stuffed in a wrap, English muffin, bagel, pita pocket, or as a sandwich filling. Hummus looks and tastes fabulous atop luscious salad greens as well. Hummus is a food that's economical and good for your waistline as well as your pocketbook."

Thank you to Nancy for joining me this week! 

(If you aren't familiar with Souper Sundays, you can read about of the origins of it here.
If you would like to join in Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays, I would love to have you! Here's how...

To join in this week's Souper Sunday's linkup with your soup, salad or sandwich:
  • Link up your soup (stew, chili, soupy curries, etc. are fine), salad, or sandwich dish, (preferably one from the current week or month--but we'll take older posts too) on the picture link below and leave a comment on this post so I am sure not to miss you. Also please see below for what to do on your blog post that you link up to Souper Sundays in order to be included in the weekly round-up.

On your entry post (on your blog):
  • Mention Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and add a link back to this post. (Not to be a pain but it's polite and only fair to link back to events you link up at--so if you link a post up here without linking back to this post or my blog on your post, it will be removed.)
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Have a happy, healthy week!



  1. Broccoli in soup is the best way for me to eat broccoli. Also Nancy's hummus has me hankering for some, going to have to make some soon to snack on. Hope your keeping well.

  2. Deb,
    That's the way I like my broccoli soup- thickened with some beans. Looks really good!


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