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.
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.
94 Reviews for Broccoli-Cheese Chowder
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!
I've been looking forward to making this for quite sometime, as I'm ardent lover of broccoli. Add to that all the fantastic reviews, and I thought for sure that this would be fantastic. To begin, I did alter the recipe-I used regular (not reduced sodium) chicken broth, plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream (a substitution that always works fabulously) and sharp cheddar rather than reduced-fat cheese (and added more than the mere 1 cup). The broth and cheese in particular should have enhanced the flavor, which ended up being mildly disappointing. I'm not so sure I liked the potato added in (love broccoli soup, love potato-but not sure about the marriage of the two). It seemed to give the chowder a mealy consistency. All in all, the best I can say about this one is that it was "okay".
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