To me, the beans just couldn't duplicate a milk based soup. I thought it was OK, but nothing I'd make again. I sauteed about 1/4 cup onion and 1 clove garlic in a little olive oil to begin with for extra flavor. I thought the broccoli overpowered the cheese and the taste of beans was too prevalent. I did use Great Northerns because my store didn't carry Cannelinni's.
Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup
From EatingWell: 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.
58 Reviews for Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup
Holy cow, this is a keeper! This soup was so good and decadent tasting. I made it exactly per the recipe and loved it. My husband thought it was too thick, but that is an easy fix. I will definitely make this again!!
I read the previous reviews for this recipe and made the following changes: I sauteed 1 cup of onion and 4 cloves of garlic, used all low-sodium organic chicken broth and no water, added 1 tsp. poultry seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon each Herbes du Provance, tarragon, and thyme. I cooked it according to the recipe and used an immersion blender to puree it all. When serving, I garnished with 1 tablespoon of fat-free sour cream and 1/2 strip of thick-cut, cooked & crumbled apple wood smoked bacon. This soup was absolutely sublime! Rich & flavorful, thick and satisfying!! With the changes & additions I made, here is the nutritional information: Per serving: 250 calories; 12 g fat (4.5 g sat , 0 g mono); 25 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 6 g fiber; 567 mg sodium; 435 mg potassium.
My hubby and I LOVED this soup! It was so easy & quick to put together. It tastes so indulgent! I highly recommend this recipe!
Like a lot of recipes on this site, they sometimes lack flavor. I find some good seasoning make a dish more satisfying. Added a tiny bit of butter (1 teaspoon), a chopped leeks and sweated the leek and broccoli for a few mintues. Added the beans, dried thyme and a pinch of cayenne.
My family loves it. I made a double batch and placed it in small containers so I can bring it to work every day this week for lunch. It is low on calories and high on taste, not an easy combination to get at times. This is a great recipe to consider if dairy is an issue for your tummy. The beans make the soup creamy after it is pureed, so you are not giving up on the creamy comfort soup brings to your palate.