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I keep a special binder in the kitchen for my own collection of the best homemade recipes. This healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup is one of my favorites. I update it with some ingredients almost every time I cook. And when I am in an experimenting mode – which happens all the time – I add or substitute the current soup ingredients to create a different feel and flavors.
Make your seasonal soups flavor and ingredient dense!
It is a must for my family to enjoy easy soup recipes, as we are on the go all the time. Be it summer soups, winter soups or some unique autumn soup recipe, I make sure I load it with the power of fresh ingredients.
Summer is the time to actually try many options cooking with seasonal vegetables. That is why I so much like to create a few new seasonal soups and recipes. The abundance and variety of veggies available during summer is plentiful. I love summer broccoli florets as they are so crisp and full of flavor!
Let’s create a little wonder in our kitchen with one of the most powerful cruciferous vegetables ever – the broccoli!
Broccoli Benefits As Super Food
- Excellent source of folates that play crucial role in prevention of neural tube defects in babies
- Boasts of Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, Alpha-Carotene, Zeaxanthin.
When you hear all these names think of healthy skin and mucus membranes, excellent vision. The power of phytonutrients in broccoli is that they contribute to prevention of macular degeneration of retina.
- Rich in Vitamin C which is a strong anti-oxidant. Remember the flu season during the winter time. You need to boost your immune system with as much vitamin C as you can get your hands on!
Learn more about the risks of Macular Degeneration and the seriousness of this eye condition.
Easy vegetable soup recipes like this Broccoli Cheddar have not only antioxidants. The creamy soup recipe can, too, be rich in fiber that is necessary to control our blood sugar, our hunger pains and serious cravings.
How Do You Make Soup More Creamy?
To bring your soup to a more creamy consistency use starches. There are several options in that cooking trick, so choose the one that speaks to you the most. Please note that using wheat flour as a thickener is my last resort. I use one of the below options for all of my cooking including my healthy seasonal soups.
- Use cornstarch when you are trying to thicken your soup or gravy. If you do not tolerate it, a good 1:1 substitution is Arrowroot powder. I love this substitution and cook a lot with it. Choose organic sources for this product, as it is made from the roots of the arrowroot plant.
Check out one of my favorite recipes for Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes that use Gluten FREE Arrowroot powder.
- Tapioca flour is an amazing substitution to cornstarch for your creamy soup recipes. It comes from a cassava plant, a staple food to many in South America, Asia an Africa. This starch is gluten, nut and grain Free. Use 1:2 ratio for this food thickener. For every tablespoon of cornstarch use two tablespoons of tapioca flour. Buy Organic options!
- Rice flour is a nice option to work as a thickener for your cooking needs. Use 1:3 ratio with this ingredient. For every tablespoon of cornstarch use three tablespoons of rice flour. As a reminder, go after Organic options as well.
- For a creamier soup, sauce, gravy you can use potato starch or even mashed potatoes if you do not have starch in your pantry. But I do not keep potato starch in my pantry and mention it as an option for those who do. When using potato starch use it in a 1:1 proportion to cornstarch in a recipe.
Include Easy Creamy Soup Recipe Into Your Food Celebration
Eating vitamins and minerals from variety of sources makes our immune system more robust. Fresh salads, soups, smoothies can and should include whole foods that benefit our entire well-being.
Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup in Instant Pot
Easy and fast to make, this creamy soup is full of fiber, flavor and aroma. Seasonal veggies and sharp cheddar cheese make it an unbeatable duet. Feed your family. Fill your soul.
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 1 medium onion diced
- 4 cups broccoli florets diced
- 2 stocks celery diced
- 1 cup carrots diced
- 4 cups chicken or bone broth organic
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 cups cream or half-and-half
- 8 oz block of sharp Cheddar cheese grated
- Salt and black ground pepper to taste
Turn on your Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot on the Saute option.
Add onions to saute for about 5 minutes. Add garlic to the mixture for another couple of minutes.
Add broccoli, carrots, celery, salt and pepper to the onions and garlic. Mix gently.
Add chicken or bone broth to the veggies and mix well. Turn off Saute function. Cover the pot with the lid.
Select High Pressure and set timer to 2 minutes to cook.
After 2 minutes of cooking time, allow Natural Pressure Release for 5 minutes. Then manually finish releasing the pressure in the pot.
In a bowl combine cornstarch and cream with a wisk.
Turn on Saute function and add the cream mixture to the soup.
Turn off the cooker. Separate approximately 1/2 of the soup for blending in a food processor. Be careful – the soup is very hot!
Return the blended part of the soup back into the pot.
Gently add the shredded Cheddar cheese to the pot with the soup. Mix with a wooden spoon, combining all the ingredients.
If the soup is too thick, add a little bit of broth and simmer the soup again for a few minutes.
Garnish with fresh herbs, green onions, additional slat and pepper if needed. Serve to enjoy while it's hot!
Healthy broccoli cheddar soup could be on your menu all-year-round. Whether you are prepping summer soups or winter soups, you always need good fiber and antioxidants to boost your immune system. This soup is easy to make and takes only a few ingredients.