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Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Soup Recipe

Healthy chunks of broccoli are paired with the tangy taste of cheddar cheese in this hearty soup from Jean Komlos, Plymouth, Michigan. A dash of nutmeg and a splash of sherry add pizzazz to a kitchen classic.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium bunch broccoli, coarsely chopped (4 cups)
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sherry, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Dash paprika

Directions

  • 1. In a saucepan, bring 1 in. of water to a boil. Place broccoli in a steamer basket over water. Cover and steam for 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, combine the cornstarch, milk and broth until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 2. Stir in the butter, sherry if desired, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Reduce heat. Add cheese and broccoli; heat just until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 3 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 203 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 873 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 fat-free milk.