Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The weather has been frigid and dreary which means I don’t want to do anything except wear flannel pajamas, eat cheesy foods, and watch Rom-coms. Despite this,  I am determined to not let the annual “winter coat” back on (or, better known as the reason I have 8 pairs of jeans in varying sizes).  I love to make soup, especially the good and hearty type.  This soup accomplishes that perfectly and, as a bonus, is thickened with cannelloni beans making this a low-fat, high fiber version!

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Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Serves: 2 (+4 lunches!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 carrots, peeled and minced
  • 3 cups of chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 1/2 cup 1% Milk, optional, and recommended 🙂
  • salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Heat a soup pot on medium and add the olive oil and onions. Sauté for 2 minutes until they turn clear.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. (If it starts to become dry, add a tablespoon or 2 of water.)
  3. Add the stock and water to the pot.  Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.  (This is important as all of the flavors from the onion and garlic season the stock).
  4. Add the cannelloni beans and blend everything together using an immersion blender. This will create a nice puree of your aromatics and beans.
  5. Add the carrots and broccoli to the pot with the puree and allow the soup to simmer for another 5-8 minutes, until the carrots and broccoli are soft.
  6. Blend the soup again until it is almost entirely pureed.  Leaving some whole pieces of broccoli works well.
  7. Add the cheddar cheese (and milk, if desired), stir until melted,  and season to taste! Serve with extra cheddar.

 

*You can also use a regular blender, obviously!   When blending in step 5, leave about 2 cups of the soup in the pot and puree the rest.

*If freezing, do not add milk to the soup.  You can add milk when re-heating at a later point.

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My favorite no-cook fall party dish

When you go to a party you know there will be desserts, cheese, meatballs, chips – the works. So of course the Healthy Bachelorette brings a healthy vegetable dish to the party to add some variety, but also ensure that there are some vegetables to fill half her plate with 😉

Check out my go-to fall veggie party dish. BONUS: it only takes 30 seconds to put together. Yup, it comes in a bag and it’s super healthy. Perfect for that party you gave a last minute RSVP to (oops)!

I absolutely LOVE Eat Smart’s 7 Superfoods Salad. It has amazing fall ingredients like kale, broccoli, Brussels, cranberries and pumpkin seeds.  I have brought this salad to at least 10 parties/dinner parties and every single person who tried it asked me for the recipe.

My Go-To Healthy Party Dish

Here is the salad is in action. See it there looking all healthy among those heavy foods? Gorgeous Healthy Bachelorette Nicole knows what’s good for her!

P.S. that entire large container was gone within 30 minutes.

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Try it out and tell us what you think!