Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli Soup

Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli Soup

SECRET INGREDIENT: evaporated milk

If you love cheese but are watching calories, don’t despair. Here’s a comforting soup recipe with all the creamy richness of real cheddar cheese and plenty of health-boosting broccoli. Evaporated milk adds body to the soup without adding extra fat.

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  • prep 15 min    cook 20 min
  • serves 6


  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (12 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt

    How to make it   35 minutes

  • 1

    Trim and peel the broccoli stems. Cut off 12 small florets. Coarsely chop enough remaining broccoli to equal 2 cups. Blanch the chopped broccoli and florets in boiling water just until bright green, about 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  • 2

    Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion and celery until soft, about 5 minutes.

  • 3

    Whisk in the flour and cook 1 minute. Add the broth and evaporated milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture simmers and thickens, about 5 minutes.

  • 4

    Add the chopped broccoli, cheese, pepper, nutmeg, and salt, to taste. Stir until the cheese melts and the soup is heated through, about 3 minutes. Serve 1 cup per person, topped with the broccoli florets.

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6 thoughts on “Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli Soup

  1. I was wondering if you could use califlower instead? Also like everyone else what is the nutritional information on this soup?

  2. Where is the nutritional information?  Is says it is low calorie, but how low??

  3. How many calories per serving?  Also, what is comparison to “regular” soup?

  4. While this is touted as being calorie conscious, it sure would be nice if the nutritional information was provided.

  5. While this is touted as being calorie conscious, it sure would be nice if the nutritional information was provided.

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