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Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


3 servings

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.


  • 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 shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Dash paprika


  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.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 203 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 873mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 fat-free milk.

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