Rating: 4.35 stars
65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3

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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring broth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add broccoli, cover and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in beans, salt and pepper and cook until the beans are heated through, about 1 minute.

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  • Transfer half the mixture to a blender with half the cheese and puree. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining broccoli mixture and cheese. Serve warm.

Tips

Tip: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (These recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.

Nutrition Facts

152 calories; protein 11.2g; carbohydrates 15.1g; dietary fiber 5.6g; sugars 2.2g; fat 7.3g; saturated fat 4.1g; cholesterol 20.3mg; vitamin a iu 1241.5IU; vitamin c 56.5mg; folate 101.9mcg; calcium 205.4mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 18.8mg; potassium 491mg; sodium 558.4mg.
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Reviews (27)

65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2012
Easy Delicious Soup This soup was really easy to make and very good! Although I think next time I will try adding onions and garlic like others have suggested. I didn't think the soup necessarily needed it but can only imagine that it tastes even better with those additions! I chopped the broccoli and shredded the cheese by hand so it took me about an hour to finish cooking this recipe. But I'd definitely do it again! Pros: easy to make beans are great substitute! Cons: might be too thick for some people Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I added a little sauted onion. This is delicious - my friends and husband thought it was the regular fat-laden soup. I still haven't told my husband the secret ingredient! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
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 with a stick blender (very fast and easy...no extra appliance to clean). After blending I added 2% sharp cheddar which easily melted. My husband and I both liked it. We added a garnish of chopped cooked bacon (we had it on hand for salads). That added the perfect finishing touch. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2014
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. Pros: Easy very good Cons: Variable/be prepared to adjust liquid Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2013
I made this however the only thing I did was double the recipe and I had a bag of broccoli cauliflower and carrots that needed to be eaten. I used all chicken stock reduced sodium. I used a sharp aged white cheddar and one can of cannelloni beans and 1 greater northern as that's what I had. I pureed the entire soup. It was a hit with the entire family. I served it with grilled cheese. Yes the soup does have the been taste but you can taste the other flavors as well. Both a 4 and 8 year old enjoyed bowls. Pros: Very filling Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This soup is so easy to make. I did add one extra cup of water tho and I think it is necessary to keep it from being too thick as it cools. This will definitely become a staple in my house! Go ahead and cook the stems of the broccoli also since it will be pureed anyway..so many nutrients there to waste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delish!!! 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! Pros: Easy and quick to make delicious! Cons: Original recipe bland but with herbal additions - sublime! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2014
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I like the convenience of this soup.The first time I made it (with no changes except also adding chopped broccoli stalks as someone has done here) it tasted fine but not great. The second time I replaced half the cheddar with feta cheese and it added a whole new taste and was loved by my veggie hater husband! Maybe its just an individual preference but I am keen to try further variations to this basic recipe. Thanks eatingwell! Read More