In our quest for healthy alternatives, I have been depending a lot on people who write cookbooks with lower fat/calorie recipes. Often these recipes lack flavour and we are left disappointed. I can however always rely on Rose Reisman, Moosewood or the Podleski sisters to ramp up a recipe without compromising taste.
I normally use my own soup creations when cooking up a big batch of comfort, but really felt like a bowl of creamy indulgence today so I looked to these folks in particular for a version of something delish. With a few of my own revisions this adaptation of a Looneyspoons soup was packed with flavour.
Cheddar Broccoli Soup
1 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 cups broccoli florets
1 cup peeled and cubed potatoes
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
3/4 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
5 dashes of Tabasco sauce
4 sprays non-stick spray to large saucepan. Add onions, garlic and celery. Cook and stir over medium heat until veggies begins to soften. Add broth, 3 cups of the broccoli and potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on low for 15 mins.
While soup is simmering steam the rest of the broccoli for 2 minutes. Set aside.
Transfer soup to a blender, and pulse on and off until soup is almost pureed. Return soup to pot over low heat.
Add steamed broccoli, and remaining ingredients. Stir until smooth. Serve with a dollop of low-fat sour cream.