skinny broccoli cheddar soup

since i’m taking the week off from running to recover from our half marathon this past weekend, ive been spending more time cooking! last night i made this skinny broccoli cheddar soup and some grilled cheese sandwiches.

usually broccoli cheddar soup is a lot more cheese/cream than broccoli. this version has a lot more broccoli than cheese, cutting the fat and calories to one fourth of what it typically would be.


i followed this recipe from the pickyeaterblog to a tee!


  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 + 1/8 cup half-and-half
  • 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves (garnish)


  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  2. Turn off the heat. Using an immersion (hand) blender, blend the soup until it’s creamy and smooth.
  3. Stir in 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup half-and-half and 2 ounces cheese.
  4. Top evenly with remaining 1 tbsp cheese per bowl and parsley.
  5. Enjoy!

this broccoli cheddar soup is a lot more green and a little less gooey/cheesy than your traditional broccoli cheddar soup, BUT it still tasted good! you could always add some milk and/or more cheddar cheese to get to your desired cheesy-ness. in any case, it made me super happy knowing that i was eating so much vegetable in every bite!

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