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Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional 
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 4 cups chicken stock, divided 
  • 6 cups broccoli florets, chopped 
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese

Method

  1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the bacon lardons, sauté until crisp, and then remove from the pan. 
  2. Add the minced garlic, diced onion, cauliflower florets, salt, nutmeg, and red pepper flakes to the pot. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Next, add three cups of chicken stock to the pot and bring the soup to a simmer. Let the soup simmer for 15-20 minutes until the cauliflower is tender.
  4. Carefully transfer the soup to a high powered blender and puree until smooth and creamy.
  5. Carefully pour the pureed soup base back into the pot. 
  6. Next, stir in the remaining chicken broth, grated carrot, and chopped broccoli florets until well combined. Let the soup simmer for 5-10 minutes until the broccoli is tender.
  7. Lastly, stir in the shredded cheese until well combined and thoroughly melted. 
  8. Serve the soup warm topped with crispy bacon and sliced green onion.

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