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
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 305 kcal
Author Linda Warren


  • 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


  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
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.