I was very surprised that this soup tasted as good as it did, with no butter & no heavy cream, etc. - we were pleasantly surprised. I plan on making it again next weekend. I even messed up slightly by trimming my broccoli but failing to separate florets from stems, so they went in the pot together, but it did not seem to make any difference. Also, when I blended the soup, I chose to use my immersion blender and just puree all of it (for ease); it tasted fine. I did add extra cheese to the soup, but would skip that next time, and just sprinkle a little extra for garnish to each bowl. Good, solid soup for cold days/nights.