Lighter Broccoli Cheddar Soup - a healthier version of this popular creamy style soup, using milk instead of cream with delicious fresh broccoli, potato and cheddar.
Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup
I think we can all say we love a creamy soup right? But sometimes it can feel hard to create your favourite creamy soup on the lighter side.
For me I have found a combination of semi skimmed milk, stock and cornstarch to thicken work perfectly, the milk gives that creamy taste and far less calories than cream too.
Can I use skimmed milk?
I prefer to use semi skimmed milk for that creamy taste to soups rather than skimmed. Skimmed tends to be a bit more watery.
However if skimmed is all you buy, then by all means use it, just be aware the the soup may not be quite the same.
Can I use frozen broccoli?
I used fresh broccoli is this recipe, as the overall taste of the soup is a lot more fresh. However if you have some frozen broccoli on hand that you would like to use in the soup, then it should be okay.
I do however recommend cooking for slightly less cooking time.
You don't need a fancy expensive blender to blend this soup, I just use my hand stick blender which was super cheap when I bought it.
If I want a really smooth soup of course my Vitamix is the best, but for soups like this where I just need to roughly blend and keep some of the chunks of the veg, a stick blender is perfect.
Reduced Fat Cheddar
I only buy regular cheese, never been a huge fan of the reduced fat varieties. I find some either don't melt as well or don't have as good a taste.
However if you only buy reduced fat it should be okay, and if you want to use more to the same calories you can do that too.
I don't recommend using pre-grated cheddar though, as it doesn't melt as well due to the starch they add to stop it sticking together in the bag. For best results use a block of cheese that you grate yourself.
Spray Oil instead versus Butter
You will notice I use 1 tablespoon of butter to saute the veg, this adds flavour and depth to the soup, it's a small amount which is not a huge amount of calories when divided into four servings.
If you want to use a spray oil instead, then you can do that, just be aware that you may not get the same flavour.
Sides for Cheddar Broccoli Soup
I tend to enjoy just a bowl of this as it is, as its a really filling bowl of soup, but you could bulk it out with some protein like cooked chicken or even add in some cooked rice to make it more of a meal.
A serving of wholemeal bread or a wholemeal roll on the side is another great option.
More Soup Recipes
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- Creamy Vegan Vegetable Chowder
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