Cheesy Low-Carb Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup (Video)
Cheesy Low-Carb Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup is loaded with cheesy broccoli flavor, and this meatless soup is also gluten-free. Use Soup Recipes to find more recipes like this one.
Watch how make Low-Carb Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup!
There’s a reason why nearly every family restaurant in the U.S. has some version of broccoli cheese soup on the menu, and that reason is the wonderful flavor combination that is broccoli + melted cheese. But if you’re trying to limit carbs and you check the nutritional information for soups like Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Corner Bakery Cheddar Broccoli Soup, or Ruby Tuesday Broccoli Cheese Soup, you’ll notice all those soups are thickened with flour or cornstarch.
I knew that had to be the case so for a long time I just ignored my broccoli cheese soup cravings, but lately I’d been thinking about making a low-carb version of soup with broccoli and cheese. I noticed that my friend Lydia’s Cream of Broccoli and Cheese Soup at Soup Chick didn’t have any flour, and I also got some inspiration from Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Soup from Closet Cooking. And after looking around a bit online, I started experimenting!
My soup creation added cauliflower, which pureed nicely to add some body to the soup. I also added some barely-cooked broccoli florets at the end for a little more texture. I tested this recipe for Cheesy Low-Carb Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup with my nephew Jake and we gobbled it up after a long cooking day when we weren’t all that hungry, so I think it’s safe to say it was a success.
Just a couple more comments before we get to the recipe. I think that if you’re going to try making a pureed soup that’s not going to be thickened with flour or cornstarch, using an Immersion Blender (affiliate link) to puree the hot soup is going to be the easiest method, and will also give the best results. (Pureeing hot soup in a blender or food processor is possible, but it’s not easy.) I also think this kind of soup needs plenty of extra sharp cheddar to make it taste really good, and using a high-end imported aged cheddar will really improve the soup.
How to Make Cheesy Low-Carb Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)
- Cut up two cups of chopped broccoli and 2 cups of chopped cauliflower.
- Chop up an onion and saute in olive oil until is starts to brown, then add garlic and dried thyme and cook a minute or two more.
- Add 4 cups vegetable stock plus the chopped broccoli and cauliflower and simmer about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are quite soft.
- When the vegetables are nicely softened, use an Immersion Blender (affiliate link) to puree the soup until it’s fairly smooth.
- Then add 2 cups sharp cheddar and melt it into the soup.
- Add 1/2 cup milk, half and half, or cream and stir in.
- Put cut up another 2 cups of broccoli florets and put into a large glass measuring cup or bowl and microwave 1 minute.
- Add the barely-cooked broccoli to the soup, season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and serve hot (with extra cheese to add at the table if desired.)
More Low-Carb Soups with Broccoli or Cauliflower and Cheese:
Cauliflower and Mushroom Pressure Cooker soup with Parmesan ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Broccoli Cheese Soup ~ The Low-Carb Diet
Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Broccoli Cheese Soup ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder ~ Iowa Girl Eats
Weekend Food Prep:
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 15g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 75mg Sodium: 1190mg Carbohydrates: 7.6g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 5g Protein: 23g
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This soup recipe as written would be suitable for most types of Low-Carb eating plans, and go ahead and use butter if you prefer. The South Beach Diet would certainly recommend using olive oil, low-fat cheese, and skim milk to make this soup lower in saturated fat. I think the olive oil and skim milk would be fine, but I’m not sure how the low-fat cheese will melt in the soup and I think I’d use regular cheese and make this an occasional treat.
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