Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup

September/October 2007

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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.

"This was easy to make and tasted good. First, I doubled the recipe. I sauteed a large sweet onion and 4 cloves of garlic, then added 1 qt. of low-sodium chicken broth. Instead of water, I used the cannellini beans, undrained. I blended...
Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup

58 Reviews for Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup

Smooth, Simple, Light, Add to make it AWESOME

This soup is very, very basic. I started with a mirepoix (celery, onions, garlic) and sautéed those then cut my broccoli stalks and sautéed 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.

Easy, Kid Friendly, Can be a base for whatever is in the fridge
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.

Easy, very good
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.

great ingredients, vegetarian, easy
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.

Easy, Healthy, Good for leftovers
give it time

Made this strictly by the recipe. The first day it was ok but not great. I think it needed more broccoli to balance out the beans. But then on days 2, 3 and 4 it was much better. The flavors had married nicely and the beans were less pronounced. I think next time I will make it ahead of time and add a bit more broccoli.


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