Broccoli Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Tonight I crafted my very first batch of broccoli cheddar soup. It was an exciting moment for me. I was inspired by Megan’s creation the other day and it seemed simple enough that I could recreate it myself!

I started off sautéing 1/2 an onion in a pot on the stove in a bit of butter.

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Then I added 3 cans of mushroom soup to the onions and then 2 cups of cheese to that and let everything melt and come to a boil.

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While the soup was getting its cheese on I steamed some veggies. Would you believe it if I told you this was my first steaming experience? I bought this steamer the other day and had no idea how to use it.

Side Note: I was steaming a few cups of broccoli, cauliflower and some carrots to add to the soup.

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Back to my steaming experience – I added some water to the bottom of my Dutch oven and let everything steam, but then I wasn’t sure as to how to take everything out. There was a little metal rod in the middle of the contraption but I was freaking out a bit because I wasn’t sure if it would burn me.

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Eventually Fiancé assured me that I would survive removing the steamer.

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Out it came. Easy as pie. Or shall we say, easy as broccoli, cheddar, cauliflower soup!

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Before adding the veggies to the soup mixture I whisked in 3 cups of milk to the soup to thicken it up a bit. Then I added the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots (oh my!).

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I let everything simmer for a bit until it looked a little something like this.

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Then I did a little His & Hers cali bowl action.

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The soup turned out amazing. It was the perfect amount of creaminess with a little crunch from the steamed veggies.

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I really liked this soup because broccoli cheddar soup has a bad rep and isn’t the healthiest option on the menu when you are looking for a soup. But if you make it at home you can substitute some ingredients for healthier choices and make the meal a little leaner!

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I did this by adding more veggies, used fat free milk, a healthy butter alternative and fat free cheese. With these little changes, it was a meal that I didn’t have to feel guilty about and it tasted great!

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With a side of bread.

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Bread for dunking is necessary for any soup creation.

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This is only the second soup I have ever made, the first one being a lovely butternut squash creation. I am very happy with how tonight’s dinner turned out. I am quite the soup maker, if I do say so myself! It was a lovely meal for a cold Winter night!

What is the best soup you have ever made?  If you aren’t much of a soup maker, what is your favorite soup to enjoy?

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8 Comments

  • Reply Sara @ Running In Pink Project January 6, 2011 at 1:21 am

    This looks fantastic. Soup and crunchy bread is the best combo!
    Sara-

  • Reply Joanna January 6, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Mm! I'm going to have to try that! It looks yummy and healthy!!

    Love the bowl action shot! Cute!

  • Reply gwenniepie.com January 6, 2011 at 1:49 am

    I was inspired by Megan as well! I'm glad to hear another good report – definitely going to try it!

  • Reply Kristina @ spabettie January 6, 2011 at 5:49 am

    oh, YUM. I have to make this when Jason is out of town… he's not a broccoli fan, and I can have the whole pot to myself!! 😀

  • Reply Rhona January 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

    The best soup I've ever made has to be a broccoli and stilton creation which was so rich, creamy and decandent it blew my mind. Secret ingredient? Nutmeg!

  • Reply Patty O January 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Your soup looks amazing! Good to substitute the healthy options too. I've tried to make potato soup before and it turned out like Mashed Potatoes, I have no idea what I did – it tasted good, but boy did my family laugh.

  • Reply Hope January 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I love broccoli cheddar soup. It has to be one of my favorite soups. I like that this is a healthier way to make the soup. I definitely want to try making this! 🙂

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