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!

unnamed-9

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.

Advertisements

Chunky Tomato & Veggie Rice Soup

This type of soup is perfect for a chilly fall evening. When you’re looking for something tasty and comforting without loading on the kcal’s. This is easily made with a variety of veggies, tomato based soup, chicken stock, and brown rice and it cooks in 30 minutes!  I topped it with some leftover chicken breast I had, however, in the past I have also poached an egg in it before- also tastes great as is! I used low sodium tomato based soup and chicken stock and I added in some extra fresh veggies right at the end for added texture, fiber, and flavor, YUM!  This tastes even better for lunch the next day!

Chunky Tomato & Veggie Rice Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 4 diced garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons herbs de provence
  • 1 red pepper finely diced
  • 3 cups tomato based soup (pictured below)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsely
  • parmesan cheese for serving
  • Fresh pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a pot on low-medium heat. Chop your onion, garlic, and red pepper and add into the pot along with your herbs de provence. Cover and sweat the ingredients for 2-3 minutes.

2. Pour in the tomato based soup and chicken stock. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Add in the 1/2 cup of brown rice to the pot. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until brown rice is cooked through.

4. Lastly, add in the fresh tomatoes and parsley, stir together.

5. Serve with fresh ground pepper and parmesan cheese!

 

Garlic, onion, red pepper, and herbs de provence!

Garlic, onion, red pepper, and herbs de provence!

Sweating the veg on low- med heat makes them more aromatic and impart more natural flavor into your dish!

Sweating the veg on low- med heat makes them more aromatic and impart more natural flavor into your dish!

Good examples of stock and tomato base soup to use!

Good examples of stock and tomato base soup to use!

Simmering soup, brown rice going in!

Simmering soup, brown rice going in!

 

Fresh veg for the end, right before serving

Fresh veg for the end, right before serving

IMG_2873

IMG_2874