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