Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup Made Skinny (Copycat)

This is one of Panera’s beloved soups. It’s so delicious! So if you’re craving this rich-tasting soup, give this super decadent but skinny recipe a try! I know you’re going to LOVE my slimmed-down version. Each main course serving has 291 calories, 15 grams of fat and 8 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 8 Green. Serve with a side salad and you’ve got a wonderful vegetarian meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes


Ingredients for Soup:

1 cup onions, chopped

3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

2 cups reduced-fat milk (2%), I used lactose-free milk

1 ½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth for vegetarian

1 (10 oz) can Campbell’s Healthy Request Cheddar Cheese Soup (condensed), see shopping tips below

2 cups broccoli florets, chopped, see food facts. below

1 cup carrots, shredded or finely chopped, I used a bag of shredded carrots

1 cup celery, thinly sliced

½ teaspoon garlic powder

Black pepper, to taste


Ingredients for Topping:

1 cup light cheddar cheese, shredded


Instructions

1. Place onions in a microwave-safe, small bowl and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes to soften. Set aside.

2. In a medium pot, melt butter. Stir in milk, chicken or vegetable broth, and condensed cheddar cheese soup, Mix well. Bring up to a simmer and continue to simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir often. 

3. Mix in softened onions, broccoli florets, carrots, celery, garlic powder and a little black pepper, to taste.  Continue to simmer until all vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Stir often.

4. To serve: Add 1¼ cups soup to each bowl. Top each with ¼ cup shredded cheese. Mix into soup.


Makes 4 main-course servings. Each serving,1¼ cups.


Food Facts
Broccoli florets are the part of the broccoli that appear like tiny trees branching off from the thick, green stem.


Shopping Tips
Most supermarkets sell prepared broccoli florets in a bag. It makes prep time a breeze. 

Campbell’s Healthy Request Cheddar Cheese Soup is a condensed canned soup. It’s sold in the soup aisle of most major supermarkets.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints-
8 Blue
WW SmartPoints-
8 Green
WW Points Plus-
8

                SKINNY FACTS:  for 1 serving                
291 calories, 15g fat, 5g sat. fat, 48mg chol, 17g protein, 27g carbs, 4g fiber, 850mg sod, 12g sugar            
                  FACTS:  for Freestyle SmartPoints
240 calories, 5g sat. fat, 14g protein, 7g sugar           
           

Comments

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