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Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

Photo: Oxmoor House
Total time 38 mins
Yield

Serves 6 (serving size: 1 cup soup)

Hearty and satisfying, this soup gets its rich creaminess from potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed peeled baking potato
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets, divided
  • 3 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 256
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 6.4 g
  • monofat 1.7 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 14.6 g
  • carbohydrate 28.9 g
  • fiber 3.6 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 447 mg
  • calcium 275 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place potato and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until tender; drain.

  2. While potatoes cook, melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté onion, carrot, and garlic 5 minutes or until tender. Add 4 cups broccoli, broth, 2 cups water, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender. Stir in potatoes.

  3. Combine 1 cup broccoli and 2 tablespoons water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; vent. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until bright green. Drain.

  4. Process mixture in Dutch oven with a hand-held immersion blender until smooth or place half of broccoli mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining broccoli mixture. Return pured mixture to Dutch oven.

  5. Add milk and cheese; cook over low heat 2 minutes, stirring until cheese melts and soup is smooth. Stir in steamed broccoli. Ladle soup into individual bowls.

Cook's Notes

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