Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

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As a mom, sometimes I have to stick to my guns, and sometimes I have to know when to give a little. Lines are often fuzzy and it can be tricky to determine which way to lean in any given situation.

Parenting is not for the faint of heart.

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For instance, it’s important to stick to your guns when you discover one of your children is not wearing underwear to school. Or when brushing one’s teeth is suddenly considered optional. Or when you find a stash of matches hiding under your child’s bed. These examples may or may not have happened in our house at some point in time.

However, it’s less important to be ridged about meal time. As long as I know my kids are getting the nutrition they need, we can let a few treats slide here and there.

Best of all, sometimes there is a happy medium that satisfies everyone in the family.

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This creamy Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe is a win-win for all of us.

It’s rich and cheesy, just like my classic decadent broccoli cheddar soup recipe. However, I used low fat milk instead of cream, reduced the cheese a little, and upped the veggie intake.

Therefore my Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe is slightly brothy, which I actually prefer, and is remorse free.

Loaded with flavor from the sharp cheddar cheese and lots of aromatic veggies, you won’t even miss the excess fat and calories, in this revamped soup recipe. I promise.

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I’ve learned giving a in little on the comfort foods my kids love, gives me an opportunity to lighten up some of our traditional family favorites!

I’ve also learned that squeezing important nutrients into recipes, makes my kids healthier and gives them the energy and focus they need throughout the day.

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I always try to start them out in the morning with protein to keep them full throughout the morning. This can come from eggs, nuts, or even a cool frothy glass of milk.

We often forget all the benefits of a simple glass of milk, like 9 essential nutrients including high quality protein, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium.

Milk’s ingredient list is short – simply milk and vitamins A and D, plus it is a farm-to-table food. No hormones, crazy chemicals, or preservatives added.

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I was thrilled to find a way to incorporate low fat milk into today’s Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe. Not only does it reduce the calories while retaining a creamy consistency. It helps me meet the daily quota of important nutrients for my little guys!

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Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Yield: 6+ servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

4.5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
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Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe – An easy broccoli cheese soup recipe with reduced fat and calories, but amazing flavor!


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 4 cups low fat milk
  • 12 ounces of small fresh broccoli florets (about 5 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Place a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the butter, onions, and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes to soften. Then add the flour and stir well so that the flour coats the onion pieces.
  2. Pour in the broth and low fat milk. Then stir in the broccoli florets, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the largest broccoli florets are tender.
  3. Finally stir in the shredded cheese. Stir to thicken the soup as the cheese melts. Then turn off the heat and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6+ servings, Serving Size: 1/6th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 341 Calories
  • Total Fat: 20.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.5g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg
  • Sodium: 1214mg
  • Carbohydrates: 17.7g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Sugar: 10.8g
  • Protein: 22.7g
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11 comments on “Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

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  3. topcookwareonlineposted January 19, 2016 at 1:17 am Reply

    Wonderful texture and flavor without velveeta. Reheats smooth. This was delicious and so easy to make. Makes a bigger batch than I was expecting.

    Rating: 5
  4. Betty Lynneposted November 5, 2015 at 11:54 am Reply

    I made this for dinner this week and our whole family loved it. I used a whole onion as the recipe called for but didn’t find the taste overpowering. Maybe my onion was smaller than Nina’s? Or perhaps we just love onion! The only thing I changed is I used my immersion blender at the end to whirl it up just a bit but I still left some good chunks of broccoli floating. Was nice and creamy and very good!

    Rating: 5
  5. Ninaposted October 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm Reply

    I just made this soup. I am a bit disappointed… It is not as good as I expected. A whole onion is way too much for this recipe, it overpowers the soup. I think a half an onion would be adequate. All I can taste in my mouth after eating it is onion :(

    Rating: 3
  6. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted October 26, 2015 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Great recipe as we head into the colder months!

    Rating: 5
  7. Marla Meridithposted October 25, 2015 at 6:08 am Reply

    One of my all time favorite soups lightened up….love it!!!!

  8. Fork on the Roadposted October 24, 2015 at 7:26 am Reply

    I’ve been looking for a good cheese soup recipe.  It’s tough to do with cheddar an not have an oily mess.

    I have lots of broccoli, and this should have a pleasant little kick to it.

    I’ll give it a go.

    Thanks and Cheers,

  9. Mariaposted October 23, 2015 at 8:11 pm Reply

    Sounds delicious especially since its starting to cool off!

  10. Naomiposted October 23, 2015 at 11:11 am Reply

    This is a favorite in my home. Can’t wait to try your version!

  11. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted October 23, 2015 at 8:27 am Reply

    What a great way to make a simple soup!  Yummy!