Lighter Crockpot Broccoli Cheese Soup
Love the broccoli cheese soup from Panera? This no-fuss crockpot version is unbelievably easy to throw together and lighter on the calories too! You'll be having bowl after bowl.
Servings 8 servings
- 6 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 2 medium carrots small-diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium onion finely diced
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
- 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
Place broccoli, carrots, garlic, onion, and chicken broth in a 3-qt slow cooker. Cook on high 2-3 hours or on low 4-6 hours.
In a small bowl, whisk milk, cream, and flour until smooth. Stir into crockpot and continue cooking on high heat 1-2 hours until soup is creamy and bubbly.
Remove half of vegetables and place in a bowl. Pour remaining vegetables and liquid in a blender and blend on medium speed until completely smooth. (careful not to fill the blender too full with hot liquid) Transfer back to crockpot and stir in reserved vegetables. Stir cheese and parsley into soup until cheese is melted, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep soup warm until ready to serve. Enjoy!
Serving: 1g | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.4g | Protein: 13.8g | Fat: 13.1g | Saturated Fat: 7.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 531mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 5.7g