Joy Bauer Weight Loss

RecipeCream of Broccoli Soup

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Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 85
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Total Fat: 0.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 17.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5 g
    • Natural Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 400 mg

Most “creamed” soups are prepared with heavy cream and cheese, causing calories to soar. A traditional cup of cream of broccoli soup clocks in at 230 calories per cup—and most of us slurp down two cups at a time.

To lighten things up, I traded the cream for cannellini beans—you’ll get the same velvety texture but with an added nutritional boost…all for just 85 calories. With a calorie count that low, you can go ahead and enjoy a second helping!

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This recipe makes 8 servings
Ingredients:
  • 8 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) cannellini beans (white beans), rinsed and drained
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Shredded, reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
Preparation:

Liberally coat a large pot with nonstick oil spray and warm over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté for about 10 minutes, until soft and slightly browned.

Add broth, broccoli and beans to the pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove pot from heat. Using an immersion blender, puree mixture into a creamy consistency. (Alternatively, you can transfer mixture to a traditional blender and puree). Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and enjoy.

For a rich and creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup, top each bowl with 2 tablespoons of shredded, reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese and blend. (Adds 40 calories)

Serving size: 1 cup