The weather outside is frightful, but your diet doesn’t have to be. Soup is a great healthy way to fill up without bulking up – on calories that is. The pot is where it’s hot, so check out these 10 recipes and get ready to healthify your favorite soups this season.
1. Light & Tasty Broccoli Cheddar Soup
3 cups unsalted vegetable stock
4 cups broccoli florets, coarsely chopped
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 chopped carrot
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 + 1/8 cup half-and-half
4 ounces shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (optional, garnish)
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender. Turn off the heat. Blend the soup until it’s creamy using either a hand blender or regular blender. Blend until smooth. Return soup to pan. Stir in 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup half-and-half and 2 ounces cheese. Top evenly with remaining 1 tbsp cheese per bowl and parsley.
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