Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Low Carb Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup
I was browsing through some broccoli soup recipes and landed on a good one asserting to be a Panera copycat recipe but it was too high in carbs and called for flour, which are both no-nos for me. So I adapted this recipe to be low carb and ketogenic with a few minor adjustments. This is the creamiest and, by far, the BEST Broccoli Cheddar soup I’ve ever made and will definitely be my go-to recipe from now on! Perfect for a cool fall evening or anytime.

Low Carb Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Makes about 6 cups

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup organic heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
A small pinch of cayenne
3 cups broccoli florets and stems, diced into small pieces
1 small carrot, sliced into thin rounds
8 ounces high-quality cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon Thick-It-Up low carb thickener (or xanthan gum), if needed

1. In a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent and just starting to turn golden in color. Add garlic and sauté for another minute or so until fragrant. Add the chicken stock and heavy cream and whisk to combine. Add the salt, pepper, paprika, dry mustard powder and cayenne and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and add the broccoli and carrots and allow the mixture to gently simmer on low heat uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened and the broth has thickened slightly.

2. Meanwhile, grate the cheese and set aside a portion to use as a garnish later. After the soup has simmered and the vegetables have softened, add the cheese and stir continuously until it has melted and is fully incorporated into the soup. Taste and adjust seasonings. If needed, sprinkle the Thick-It-Up (or xanthan gum) into the soup while whisking continuously until the desired thickness is reached.

3. Ladle the soup into serving bowls, garnish with the reserved grated cheese and serve immediately. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It is best reheated in the microwave or heated very gently in a heavy saucepan over low heat while stirring often. Do not freeze.

Nutritional Information per cup: 305 calories, 7.3 g carbohydrate (1.8 g dietary fiber, 1.9 g sugars), 30.9 g total fat (19.7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 651 mg sodium, 323.9 mg calcium, 217 mg potassium, 1 mg iron, 2888 mg Vit A, 41 mg Vit C, 13.1 g protein. Net carbs per cup: 5.5 grams

Photo and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2017
Adapted from a recipe on averiecooks.com
All Rights Reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.

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