Skinny Secret Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Skinny Secret Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup is a lightened-up version of the Panera bread favorite, and made creamy with blended cauliflower!
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
  • Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 quart low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup 2% or skim milk
  • 1 head cauliflower, florets removed and chopped
  • 1 head broccoli, florets removed and cut into small, bite-sized pieces
  • 1 carrot, shredded (1 cup carrot shreds)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and add the onions and celery. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until the vegetables get soft.
  2. Add the garlic, and season with salt, a pinch of black pepper, and nutmeg.
  3. After 30 seconds of the garlic cooking, pour in the vegetable broth and milk, and stir until combined.
  4. Raise the heat to medium-high, and let come to a boil.
  5. Add the cauliflower, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cover. Let the cauliflower florets simmer, cooking, for 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender.
  6. Remove the pot from heat. Using an immersion blender, (or using a regular blender and transferring the soup in batches) blend the soup until completely smooth.
  7. Return the soup to medium-low and add the carrot shreds and broccoli florets. Cover again and cook about 10 minutes until broccoli is done.
  8. Remove the lid, stir in the cheddar cheese until completely melted, and serve.
Recipe by Ally's Cooking at