I've made this several times and have subbed cauliflower and white beans (for protein) for the broccoli and potato with great success. I like it pureed until very smooth, but also good a little chunky. Add a dash or two of Tabasco or cayenne pepper for a little kick.
This satisfying remake of broccoli chowder benefits from the creamy texture of cooked potatoes and smooth, tangy reduced-fat sour cream instead of getting its richness from as much as a cup each of cream and cheese. Not only is the flavor vibrant, but a single serving gives you over half of the daily recommendation for vitamin C.
95 Reviews for Broccoli-Cheese Chowder
I LOVE broccoli and cheddar soup, so I was quite excited to find a healthier version to try. I was a little disappointed, though. For the amount of effort and time, the taste was kind of bland and I did not care for the texture of the soup at all. I liked the taste the potatoes added, but I agree with another user's review that they made the soup feel grainy. Maybe if I had used red potatoes instead of of the Russet? Although then you wouldn't have gotten the thickness from the starch of a Russet. In any event, I probably won't make this again. My husband didn't care for it, either.
You will not think that you're eating anything low-cal with this soup. Rick, thick and creamy--kids will love it too. You know they are getting some good veggies, and they have no idea it's healthy!!
I have been making this recipe since I first started working here at EatingWell. Since my daughter is vegetarian, I am always looking for delicious recipes that everyone will like. This one is a winner! We look forward to the first bowl in the fall and make it once every few weeks through the winter. It has cheese and potatoes and is really fun to make! Nice re-heated for lunch, too.
I love this soup, as it was a hit with my family as well. However, instead of doing the hand mash of the veggies I did a mid-level puree of about 1/3 and I added more chicken stock, as a "chowder" was just too chunky. Overall the flavors blended really well together- will make again for sure!