The main focus of our recipes is to cook with whole food ingredients. Our slow cooker, broccoli cheddar soup recipe features fresh broccoli and other “real” ingredients, unlike the soups you find in cans or packages. Healthy soups can be indulgent, as long as have quality ingredients that are fresh and free of preservatives.
If you are looking for a healthier version of a classic favorite or you feel the need to splurge for a special occasion, this is it!
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Yields: 6 Cups | Serving Size: 1 Cup | Calories: 360 | Total Fat: 27 gm | Saturated Fats: 12 gm | Trans Fats: 1 gm | Cholesterol: 60 mg | Sodium: 445 mg | Carbohydrates: 10 gm | Dietary Fiber: 2 gm | Sugars: 3 gm | Protein: 20 gm | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12 |
- 3 tablespoons flour (whole wheat or white whole wheat)
- 1 cup lowfat milk, organic preferred
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth, low sodium preferred
- 1 pound frozen broccoli, thawed and chopped
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, skim not recommended for this recipe (please buy the block and shred yourself to avoid waxes)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- In a frying pan, heat your oil, but don't let it get so hot it smokes. Using a whisk, whisk in the flour a little at a time so that the flour and oil mix well and start to bubble, and become golden in color and fragrant.
- Slowly pour in the milk in a steady slow stream, whisking the whole time until a cream is formed. Follow with the chicken or vegetable broth until fully incorporated and then remove from heat.
- Pour the mixture into your slow cooker and add the thawed broccoli. We use the frozen broccoli because it seems to hold up better in a slow cooker than the fresh variety. But you can certainly use fresh broccoli florets as well. Add salt to taste, black pepper and garlic, stir to combine.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the broccoli is completely cooked. Stir in the cheese, 1 cup at a time, allowing it to melt completely before adding the next cup of cheese.
- Puree the soup in the blender in batches, filling halfway each time. A hand blender (immersion blender) will also work. Be sure to scrape any of the remaining cheese from the bottom of the slow cooker into the soup to blend well. Blend as little or as much as you like until desired consistency is achieved, i.e. some prefer a smoother and some prefer a chunkier soup
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