Broccoli Cheese Soup

I’ve always been a firm believer that Broccoli Cheese Soup is one of the best ways EVER to get your broccoli servings in. Though I personally like broccoli, not everyone is a fan of it, but the creamy cheesiness of a good Broccoli Cheese Chowder is a wonderful way to mask the taste and texture of broccoli, making it much more palatable. Most traditional or homemade broccoli cheese soup recipes are loaded with fat and calories making them a not so good choice for Weight Watchers. And don’t even get me started on the horrible sodium levels of all the canned and frozen versions….yikes! But this slimmed down, healthy broccoli cheese soup recipe is MUCH better for you in every way imaginable, and it still tastes fantastic. Each hearty 1 cup serving has just 3 Points and it’s loaded with fiber and vitamin C. It makes a fantastic lunch or appetizer, and goes well with a large variety of low calorie sandwiches or salads. Enjoy!

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

This easy broccoli recipe offers a great way to get in a healthy serving of broccoli along with a wonderful, cheesy broth. Hearty and healthy, it’s a low calorie Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe that makes a great meal idea for the whole family.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz broccoli crowns, cut into bit sized pieces
  • 2 14-ounce cans fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Spray a Dutch oven or large saucepan with nonstick cooking spray and set over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, carrot and celery; cook, stirring often, until the onion and celery soften, 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add potato and garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in flour, dry mustard, nutmeg and paprika; cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
  5. Add broth, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in florets; simmer, covered, until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes more.
  7. Transfer 2 cups of the mixture to a bowl and mash; return to the pan.
  8. Stir in Cheddar and sour cream; cook over medium heat, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the chowder is heated through, about 2 minutes.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 1 cup
Each serving = 3 Points

PER SERVING: 167 calories; 2 g fat ; 19 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 4 g fiber

12 Comments

  1. This tastes fantastic! However, I thought I was going to be smart and puree 2 cups in my blender instead of mashing it in a bowl. Pressure built up and the top exploded off the blender because of the pressure the heat caused. Definitely follow the recipe instructions.

  2. This is nice, I used low calorie cream cheese instead of sour cream and it was very good indeed.

  3. Carlaanne1979 Reply

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was excellent! Going to have it for lunch tomorrow :)

  4. Sue Willey Learmonth Reply

    Made this today and it was yummy and hearty.  Loved it :)

  5. What a wonderful dish! My whole family LOVED it…only wish I would have doubled it for leftovers =o)

  6. charles davis Reply

    In your recipe you said transfer 2 cups to a bowl and mash then return to the pan don’t know what you mean do you mash all the soup not enough details

    • LaaLoosh Reply

      Charles, yes, you mash up 2 cups of the mixture that has been prepared so far. Hope that helps!

  7. can you put all this in a crock pot and get the same result?? I am always looking for crock pot recipes.

    • LaaLoosh Reply

      Dayna, I personally haven’t tried it in a crock pot, but if you decide to give it a try, let us know how it goes!

  8. This is definitely one of the best Broccoli soups I've tasted! I love that it incorporates other vegetables into it as well. Was also very filling! Will be making it again for sure.

  9. Tummy Tuck Belt Reply

    This definitely seems like an easy way to get some servings of vegetables, specifically broccoli, in your daily diet. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Love broccoli and love cheese – have had restaurant versions :-(, but no more! I can always count on you for low calorie (low pts+) versions of some of my favorite foods. I finally found 'sharp' low-fat cheddar cheese (the mild is tasteless) so all ready to make this soup. Sticking with Weight Watchers would be much harder without your healthy recipes as I'm not interested in fake substitutes to lower calories in recipes. My heartfelt thanks for all the time and effort you put into this website and especially the daily emails :-) :-)

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