Lightened Up Broccoli Cheese Soup

by jerseygirl on December 21, 2009 · 14 comments

Here in NJ, we had the snow storm of the decade this past weekend. So what do you do when you’re housebound for two days because of 2 feet of snow? You stay in your pajamas, cook, bake, eat, watch football and watch movies. Not so good for the behind though. But then you shovel lots of snow the next day to burn it all off.

I baked lots and lots of cookies and made soup. Now I won’t call this soup diet food, but it does have broccoli, light cheese and fat free evaporated milk. I really couldn’t tell the difference from the full fat version. But I guess it doesn’t matter when you eat half your weight in cookies in the same day, right?

Anyway, if mother nature sends two feet of snow your way, make soup!

Lightened Broccoli Cheese Soup

2 TBS butter
3 TBS flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups frozen broccoli, defrosted and chopped
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 can fat free evaporated milk
1 cup shredded low fat cheese
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pot, melt the butter on medium heat and add flour. Stir until the mixture becomes a paste and add broth. Bring to a simmer and whisk until smooth. Add broccoli, onion powder and garlic powder. With hand blender, puree mixture. Add milk and cheese and cook on low heat until mixture is smooth and starts to simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Kerstin December 22, 2009 at 12:28 am

I LOVE broccoli cheddar soup and your lightened up version looks so tasty!


Amber December 22, 2009 at 1:53 am

There you go with that lightened up stuff again. I thought the butter Gods had you with all the cookie posts. It does look good though. Sorry I don't comment more, just know I am here stalking. Have a very blessed Christmas.


kat December 22, 2009 at 11:16 am

I lighter version of this heavy soup, brilliant!


The Japanese Redneck December 22, 2009 at 11:17 am

Oh my goodness, 2 ft of snow. I was grumping about 2 inches.

Your soup looks good.

Have a merry Christmas!


HoneyB December 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

Soup is exactly what I'm thinking of for lunch today! Your soup looks delicious!


The Food Hunter December 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Oh I like this…can't wait to try it.


Liz - Meal Makeover Mom December 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm

While you were making broccoli soup, I was making beef stew during our snow storm.
Your recipe looks great. I don't tend to cook w/ evaporated milk … great idea.


Chef Jeena December 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Mmmmm this is so tasty, I bet the flavours are wonderful!

Merry Christmas. 🙂


Katrina December 23, 2009 at 12:16 am

Way to lighten up the soup!
At my brother's house a couple holidays ago, my SIL made the most fattening broccoli cheese soup I've ever seen (I watched her make it). I was on Biggest Loser online diet at the time. I vowed to go home and make a much lighter version and I did. I'd have to hunt for the recipe. Or just try yours. Love the idea of evap. milk and I always keep some in stock and only buy the fat free kind.
Happy Holidays, Lisa!


Lea Ann December 24, 2009 at 10:16 am

I love staying in pajamas and cooking during big snowstorms. As soon as there is a hint of a storm heading our way, I'm planning kitchen projects and heading to the store. Te soup looks delicious.


Deborah December 29, 2009 at 11:41 am

I love broccoli cheese soup, but the version I usually make is not "lightnened" at all!! I need to try this one – it sounds fantastic!


Sweet and Savory January 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

Great flavors and pretty soup. Just my kind.


Erica February 19, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Hey Lisa! you've been making so many delicious recipes! I am especially loving this one- sounds easy too! Who doesn't like broc and cheese soup??


katie October 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Very yummy, thanks. I used olive oil instead of butter and almond flour in place of regular. It is really good.


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