Soups

Creamy Cauliflower Broccoli Soup

I love soup…I especially love soup on cold winter days AND there is no comparison to how much I love soup when I can make it in 30min and my hubby, 5 year old AND 3 year old gobble it up. SUCCESS!

Always a great feeling when everyone  eats the dinner you work so hard to prepare (ok, in this case not so hard but hey, there were dishes) My son usually requires ranch on literally everything he eats and he ate this sans the ranch….oh yeah, I know….probably the biggest compliment I could receive. You might be questioning his ability to eat soup with ranch but never doubt a determined 3 year old! He’s eaten apple slices with ranch…just sayin. So take it from Elias…It’s so yummy, it doesn’t even require ranch. Are you sold? Let me continue.

This cauliflower broccoli soup is incredibly CREAMY and yet very LOW CALORIE . I’m using all caps because you don’t usually see the words creamy and low calorie in the same sentence but it’s so so so true. A bit of potato, a large head of cauliflower and blended cottage cheese are pureed to create a creamy and thick base for this bit of comfort in a bowl. 101 calories per cup….oh yes…101 calories. I had the BIGGEST bowl of soup with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar for dinner, was STUFFED and it totaled less than 300 calories.

You know what that means don’t you? Black Bean Brownies here I come!

Creamy Cauliflower Broccoli Soup

  • Yield: 9 cups
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups low sodium fat free chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large head cauliflower (chopped into medium pieces)
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 large russet potato (11 ounces peeled and chopped)
  • 1 cup 1% cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 10 ounce package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1.  Combine broth, water, onion, cauliflower and potato in a medium to large soup pot and boil until the cauliflower and potatoes are soft.

  2. Using a small food processer ( a blender would work too) blend the cottage cheese until glossy and smooth. Set aside. This can be done while you wait for the cauliflower and potatoes to boil.

  3. Using a slotted serving spoon, scoop out the now soft cauliflower, potato, onion  and about a cup of the broth and carefully place into a blender. CAREFULLY puree until smooth. This mixture will be extremely hot so again use caution as you blend and again as you add the pureed vegetables back into the pot.

  4. Stir in the pureed cottage cheese, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley.

  5. Add the frozen broccoli. I found the chopped frozen broccoli to be a big time savor and it worked really well in this recipe but fresh broccoli would be fine.

  6.  Dissolve 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into 1/4 cup of water and add to soup.

  7. Bring to  boil and then simmer until ready to eat. About 5-10 minutes before I was ready to serve, I took it off the heat and allowed it to set for a couple minutes. This helped thicken it a bit more for an even creamier texture.

  8. Top with shredded sharp cheddar. Enjoy!

Notes

1 cup = 101 calories
Makes 9 cups

7 Comments

  1. Hi! I'm making this tonight but can't figure out when to add the pureed cottage cheese in…at the end or with the broccoli? I'm wondering if it shouldn't boil/simmer. I'll just wing it I guess. Thanks for the dinner idea!

  2. Hello:) You're right! I totally neglected to mention the cottage cheese after blending it. You'll want to stir it in with the seasonings before the broccoli. I'll correct it in the directions asap. Hope you enjoy!

  3. I just finished off the last of the soup and I have to thank you for the recipe! It was delicious. Sometimes I go through the blahs and just cook scrambled eggs far too many times in a month. Blogs like yours keep me putting along. Thanks again.

  4. Hi Samantha, I have just found your blog and decided to try out this recipe. As soon as my 8 yr. old daughter saw I was making something she didn't recognize she started crying…yes CRYING! She is a bit dramatic. Anyway, I told her I wanted her to try one bite and then she could eat something else. Around 40 or so minutes later dinner was ready and she hesitantly tasted the soup. Next thing I knew she was gobbling it down! I mean, eating it faster than I have ever seen her eat, and that includes ice-cream! She then said "May I have some more! Can you make this every day!?!" My 6 yr. old son then chimes in, "I LOVE it too!" Shocked doesn't even begin to describe how I felt. My children, but especially my daughter are almost impossible to please…at least with healthy meals. By the way, my husband and I both LOVED the soup too! We all decided this meal was definitely going to become a regular. Thank you so much for sharing all of these recipes! I am very excited to continue to try out more. Next, I am thinking the black bean, corn, tomato Mexican salad and then it's on to the carrot cupcake/muffins! Lol Thanks again for taking the time to share your family's favorites. Anytime I find a healthy DELICIOUS recipe I get extremely excited! So please, keep inspiring!

  5. Hi Amanda, I am so happy to hear that your whole family enjoyed the soup so much! Your comment completely made my day:) I also have some selective eaters and I get so excited when I find a dish that we all can enjoy. Your daughter crying over a new soup actually made me laugh out loud. She sounds a lot like my own Jaycie.Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I hope you guys continue to find family favorites.

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