Last week I wrote a break-up letter to cauliflower in response to the ridiculously high prices it’s been commanding due to the recent shortage. I’m sad to be eating less cauliflower, but on a positive note, broccoli and I have gotten back together.
I know there are already eleventy-billion cheesy broccoli soup recipes out there, but since I make this one all the time, and it is not only easy but incredibly tasty and satisfying, I thought I’d share it with you anyway.
As an ironic side note, I’ve been introduced to the joys of the parmesan cheese chip lately and I’m hooked. Why ironic? I was so outraged over paying $7 for a head of cauliflower that I wrote an irate letter and boycotted it (at least temporarily) due to the price – buuuuuuuttt when it comes to Parmesan (or Asiago YUM) cheese crisps that I could easily make at home for literally pennies???
I paid $4.99 for a 7 oz bag that had maybe 15 chips in it.
And I’d do it again.
Just look away OK, I can’t bear to see you witness my shame….
Parmesan cheese crisps (homemade or otherwise) are a super tasty crunchy addition to this low carb broccoli & cheddar soup. You can also set aside some smaller pieces of cooked broccoli to add to this soup if you want a chunkier texture.
I wanted this low carb broccoli soup to be basic at its foundation – but you can easily throw in some chopped bacon, chicken or ham to make it even heartier if you prefer!
Full disclosure – I made this entire soup in the microwave, so there is no stove required. I know some of you are gasping in horror because you think the microwave is the devil, but some people are living in dorm rooms where all they have is a microwave, and those people are psyched right now. 🙌 👊 🍵
You can absolutely make this cheesy broccoli soup on the stovetop – just saying you don’t NEED to if it’s not an option or you’re pressed for time.
Finally, I used beef broth in this low carb soup recipe, which I think enhances the flavor of the broccoli and cheese more than chicken broth does. You can use chicken broth if you prefer it though.
Also, you will greatly increase the health benefits of this (or any) low carb soup by using homemade broth from actual bones instead of store-bought. If using a purchased broth, you can increase the health benefits by adding a few tablespoons of beef collagen powder to it, which will also make your soup slightly thicker.
Low Carb Cream of Broccoli & Cheddar Soup
This easy low carb broccoli & cheddar soup is delicious and comforting. Vegetarian if you use a vegetable broth, or you can add chicken or ham to make it heartier! Keto & Atkins friendly.
- Yield: 6 one cup servings
- Category: Low Carb Soup Recipe
- Cuisine: American
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup butter
- Cook the broccoli florets for 4 minutes in the microwave on high (or steam them on the stove.) Combine the broccoli and other ingredients in a blender and blend until mostly smooth. Cook on high in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir and cook another 2 minutes, repeat one more time and serve hot. Alternatively, simmer in a pot on the stove for about 10 minutes. Serve hot.
Approx nutrition info per serving: 255 calories, 22g fat, 3g net carbs, 7g protein
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