Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup

Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup

58 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine September/October 2007

White beans pureed into this broccoli soup make it extra creamy so you don't need heaps of cheese to do the job. Serve with a crunchy whole-grain roll and a glass of winter ale.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound broccoli crowns, trimmed and chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 1 14-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed (see Tip)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese


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  1. Bring broth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add broccoli, cover and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in beans, salt and pepper and cook until the beans are heated through, about 1 minute.
  2. Transfer half the mixture to a blender with half the cheese and puree. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining broccoli mixture and cheese. Serve warm.
  • Tip: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (These recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 152 calories; 7 g fat(4 g sat); 6 g fiber; 15 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 102 mcg folate; 20 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1241 IU vitamin A; 56 mg vitamin C; 205 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 558 mg sodium; 491 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 lean meat

Reviews 58

October 11, 2016
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By: WineGurl
This is one of my all-time favorite soups. True, it isn't super flavorful, and I do typically like a lot of flavor, but somehow this allows the "creaminess" of the soup to shine. The thicker texture gives it great mouthfeel. I might add a little garlic powder or something, but otherwise I don't change it. It is such a great comfort food, but unlike a lot of comfort foods, it is very healthy. Love it!
October 08, 2016
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By: Gail J
I was really disappointed in this soup - it was very thin and flavorless. It seemed to lack "backbone" and I had to spend a lot of time (and half the contents of my spice cabinet it seems) to give it some substance. Also, it takes MUCH longer than 20 minutes to make.
February 01, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Great Begginings This one has vegetarian potential! I started with a basic mirepoix (can any soup really begin otherwise?). Added white pepper and HOT Dijon mustard (not American mustard labeled Dijon but mustard actually ~from~ Dijon: hot hot hot). Did the immersion blender-magic-thing. Added steamed fresh broccoli. Grated Parmesan. Crusty French baguettes. Love the idea of a broco/cheddar soup that doesn't rely *quite* so heavily on cheese, cheese, and more cheese. Pros: Great starting point! Cons: Lacks flavor
November 07, 2014
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By: Cam Peterson
Recommended with a few tweaks to your taste. Doubled the cheese, used all broth, saut+¬ed onions and garlic. Needed a little extra salt. Oh, used garbanzo beans so it was probably a little heavier. Very tasty !!
November 07, 2014
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By: Cam Peterson
Doubled the cheese, used all broth, saut+¬ed onions and garlic. Needed a little extra salt. Oh, used garbanzo beans so it was probably a little heavier. Very tasty !!
October 12, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Smooth, Simple, Light, Add to make it AWESOME This soup is very, very basic. I started with a mirepoix (celery, onions, garlic) and saut+¬ed those then cut my broccoli stalks and saut+¬ed those while trimming up the rest of my broccoli. I wanted to double the recipe to my time useful, but I didn't have enough fresh broccoli so I threw in some frozen broccoli and then some random grilled squash I had in the fridge. I let the stalks get good and soft then I added my chicken stock. Instead of the 2nd cup of water I had some light cream so I threw that in there too. I used an immersion blender to get it all smooth then tossed in my cheese. Since I added cream it wasn't a big deal that my cheese wasn't gourmet or that I was a bit short. It would definitely be more rich if I had better cheese or at least enough cheese. My soup was extra light but I only had one can of beans, next time I'll buy 2 so it will be heartier. Will make again when the craving hits. My two year old LOVED the soup because she could help make it and loved the simply flavors. Pros: Easy, Kid Friendly, Can be a base for whatever is in the fridge Cons: Have to doctor it to make it noteworthy
May 20, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Shocked at poor reviews one of my favorites Very surprised by negative reviews. My wife and I experiment with many recipes and few make it into regular rotation; this one did. Be aware that depending on the broccoli you may need to adjust the liquid. Every time we make the broccoli gives up different amounts of water and the thickness needs to be adjusted. Best with a Chicago hard roll. Pros: Easy, very good Cons: Variable/be prepared to adjust liquid
April 07, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Poor texture I had such high hopes for this soup. However, once I started to cook the broccoli I realized there just wasn't much liquid to this recipe, and there was A LOT of broccoli. I added more veg broth throughout the process, but still when we ate it, it was too think or something. The texture was mushy and not to our liking at all. I won't be making this again. Pros: great ingredients, vegetarian, easy Cons: mushy-thick texture, not very falvorful
February 10, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Quick & Easy Soup I liked this recipe (my husband loved it). I did have to add some extra veggie broth at the end. Overall, it was quick and easy and perfect for a fast weeknight dinner. Pros: Easy, Healthy, Good for leftovers