Warm Up with Broccoli Cheese Soup

Warm up with this healthy broccoli cheese soup filled with broccoli, carrots, cashews and low-fat cheddar cheese. Perfect for cold winter days.

Broccoli Cheese Soup | 2 Cookin Mamas Warm up with this healthy broccoli cheese soup filled with broccoli, carrots, cashews and low-fat cheddar cheese. Perfect for cold winter days. #soup #healthyeating #broccoli

Cold weather is my favorite time to make soups. There just seems to be something comforting about a bowl of nice hot soup. And it brings back such warm memories of going ice skating at the pond down the street and coming home to a hot bowl of my Mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup. Ah, I can taste it now!

Broccoli Cheese Soup spoonful | 2 Cookin Mamas

I have logged in quite a few soups of my own while my kids were growing up and, besides the family’s favorite turkey soup and baked potato soup, and I would have to say this broccoli cheese soup comes in a close third.

So, of course, when I went grocery shopping this past week and saw the enormous heads of broccoli at a fantastic price, this soup just popped right into my head!

Broccoli Cheese Soup prep | 2 Cookin Mamas

You have probably noticed that I recently got a Ninja blender since I have gone crazy trying to use my new blender with any and all recipes. The blender comes with a cookbook and I was delighted to see they had two recipes for creamy vegetable soups. Since I love finding healthier ways to fix old favorites, these recipes brought a few extra veggies and nuts to the mix.

Broccoli Cheese Soup close up | 2 Cookin Mamas

The addition of the cashews allowed me to forgo adding flour to thicken the soup (definitely a savings on calories), and the carrots added more nutrition without really altering the taste. Now each bowl of this Broccoli Cheese Soup offers almost 2 servings of vegetables, a ton of protein and calcium as well as dietary fiber, antioxidants and good fats.

So I bet you’re wondering how it turned out? Let me give you a hint. It was gone in just 2 days! I’d say that makes this a win-win. Next time I’ll double the recipe and freeze some for later. 🙂

Enjoy!

BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Warm up with this healthy soup filled with broccoli, carrots, cashews and low-fat cheddar cheese. Perfect for those cold winter days.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keywords: broccoli, cheese, healthy, recipe, soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 305 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 4-6 cups fresh broccoli about 1 large head
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours then drained (keep a few to the side for garnish)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups non-fat half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 7 oz grated low-fat sharp cheddar cheese + additional for garnish
  • 2 pcs Cooked crumbled bacon optional
Directions
  1. Fill a large saucepan with about 1-2" of water. Bring to boil. Place a steamer basket with broccoli and carrots into pan and cover. Let steam for 5 minutes then remove promptly.
  2. In a medium skillet, saute the onion & garlic in 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil and set aside.
  3. In Ninja pitcher, place soaked cashews and 1 cup broth. Select speed 1 and process til smooth.
  4. Add steamed vegetables and remaining ingredients, except cheese, to the cashew broth. Select speed 3 and blend together, increasing slowly to 5 until smooth. Transfer soup to the large saucepan, add cheese, then heat until cheese is melted and soup is hot and bubbly.
  5. Serve garnished with a sprinkling of cheese, a few cashews and some crumbled bacon.
Recipe Notes

If using other style blenders, just puree at high speed until soup is smooth.

Nutrition Facts
BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 435mg 18%
Potassium 665mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 9g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 68.4%
Vitamin C 68.3%
Calcium 26.2%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Warm up with this healthy broccoli cheese soup filled with broccoli, carrots, cashews and low-fat cheddar cheese. Perfect for cold winter days. #soup #broccoli #recipe #healthyeating

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