Saturday, January 28, 2017

Broccoli Cheddar Soup for a winter evening. #veggie #recipe #givewaway @AbbottMysteries

It's Victoria Abbott here, welcoming you back to the Eat Your Rainbow Challenge. Today's recipe has no flour, cream or butter. Instead white beans give it a thick and creamy texture and are very nutritious. 

If dairy is your issue, perhaps you could swap out the 2 % milk for some extra beans and use vegan cheese. We think it could be just as good.  

Don't forget to leave a comment about the soup or anything else to be entered in the draw for this lovely veggie platter. Only three more posts to go, so lots of chances for you. 

 Winter can be beautiful, but it certainly makes us want to warm our souls with soothing food. Soup fits the bill for us.  Now we've found a new one that makes us very happy.

Plus today’s recipe features the color green which we especially miss in winter. Thanks, broccoli, for stepping up! 

Broccoli is very friendly with cheese and we've added two of our favorites.

This soup is a great way to get more vegetables in a warm and comforting way. We often see Broccoli and Cheddar Soup in restaurants with a whopping calorie count. I saw one recently on a menu with 1600 calories per bowl. Broccoli has a shy co-star in this recipe: cannellini beans.  They give it richness and texture without flour and cream.  We also used homemade broth. We find that always kicks any soup up a notch. 
We found this recipe in our local paper, but it was credited to nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger and had appeared in the Washington Post. We tinkered with it a bit because we always have to and because we had to swap an ingredient or two since we didn’t want to go out into the previously mentioned wintry weather again.  It makes us all grumpy.

Now we can stay home and relax because this soup is filling enough for a quick supper, with some nice bread or biscuits.


All you need is:  
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1 large head broccoli, florets and tender part of stems, chopped ( 6 cups give or take)
3 cups low-salt chicken or vegetable broth or homemade broth. We had some turkey broth left frozen from the holidays and this was the perfect use for it.
1 cup canned, no-salt-added Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed under running water and drained well.
1/2 cup 2 % milk
¾ cup shredded old cheddar cheese (extra sharp). We used Balderson’s four-year old cheddar. It has punch!
¼ cup grated Jalapeno (because we had it and we like the zippiness) Monterey Jack.
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more as needed
Freshly ground pepper

All you do is:
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, stir in the onion and cook for about 10 minutes, until tender but not browned.

 Add the broccoli, broth and beans; increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 Let the soup cool for 15 minutes, then puree it in a blender in three batches, until smooth. Wipe out the saucepan as needed.
Return the blended soup to the saucepan over medium heat. Once the soup is bubbling at the edges, reduce the heat to low. Stir in the milk, ½ cup cheddar, ¼ cup Jalapeno Monterey Jack, the Dijon and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Cook until just warmed through. 

 Add pepper and more salt as needed.
 Taste and add more salt as needed. Divide among individual bowls or deep mugs, and garnish with portions using the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar. Serve hot.

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Have a wonderful reading  winter everyone! Soup's on!



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  2. Fabulous soup recipe and adorable dog :)

    1. Thanks, Liz! We're beginning to think that you DO eat veggies. Hugs.

    2. I absolutely eat vegetables - daily, in fact :) My username refers to the fact that I used to be a blogger with the alias VeggieGirl. Despite ending my blog YEARS ago, some former readers still refer to me as VeggieGirl. I have to keep saying, "It's Liz - no VeggieGirl anymore." So it's the joke of LizNoVeggieGirl.

  3. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I love the platter. Thank you for this chance!

    1. We're glad you came by Robyn! Good luck in the draw. Hugs.

  4. The recipe would be greatly enjoyed. So perfect for winter. Thanks for your lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Your series is captivating and the recipe ideal. Many thanks for this great giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Thank you! Hope you like the soup. Stay warm. Hugs.

  6. recipe sounds really good! Love the veggies/rainbow! Love your books! Love the tray and would love to win!

    1. Thanks Martha aka MarthaJane. So glad you love the books. Good luck in the draw. Hugs.

  7. This looks delicious! Any idea of calorie count after subbing beans for cream? Just curious. . .

    Pat D

    1. I have no idea, but I think they are fairly low and certainly lower on the glycemic index. Now I'm curious too!

  8. Aren't beans magical? They add such a lovely creaminess when purred and a toothiness when left as is.
    Stay warm and enjoy.

    1. Thanks, Libby. I agree. I'm thinking I'll chase down some more white bean recipes. There was a nice one for white bean and squash pasta sauce ... must hunt for it.

    2. Got a really nice white bean and chicken chili off one of the sites last year. My daughter is really into chili and she thought it was great. I made a couple of alterations for me. But white bean and ham soup is one of our faves with a large supply of chopped celery and onions. Always use a large picnic ham in a stock pot for freezing for later. Cubing the ham for use in casseroles and omelets later. Really appreciate a new broccoli & cheese variation to try. Thanks for that. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

  9. I've been wanting to have a recipe like this! Thanks!

  10. I enjoy your books!

  11. I am chopping up onions, celery and carrots right now in prep for my version of broccoli cheese soup I'm making tomorrow. No knead bread dough is rising too.

  12. I am a fan of broccoli! Broccoli soup sounds great!!

  13. Lovely recipe. Already have a couple and another variation is always so great to try. And I think a melding of the 3 is worth a try to. Broccoli is one of our faves. So is cheese. We are particularly fond of chopped broccoli formed into a patty, dipped in sauce of choice. Great snack or side dish. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

  14. I love winter (soup and sweater season) and this recipe sounds good.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

  15. I love a good cozy, and your winter soup recipe will surely chase away the cold.