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    Cheesy Broccoli Soup


    • 3 1/2 pounds broccoli, washed and drained (about 4 bunches)
    • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
    • 2 teaspoons butter
    • 2 14 ounce cans fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
    • 4 tablespoons flour
    • 4 cups 1% milk
    • 3 cups shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese


    Step 1
     Cut broccoli into small pieces, discarding any overly thick bottom stems.
    Step 2
    Boil broccoli in a medium saucepan until just tender to retain nutrients. Immediately rinse with cold water, drain, and refrigerate.
    Step 3
     In a large saucepan, saute green onions for about two minutes in butter or until tender.
    Step 4
    Stir in chicken broth and slowly add flour, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Bring to a slow boil on medium high heat, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Step 5
    Add broccoli pieces to the broth and puree mixture in an electric blender or food processor until smooth.
    Step 6
    Return soup to saucepan over low heat. Blend in milk and Swiss cheese and simmer gently until cheese melts but not until milk boils.
    Step 7
    Add nutmeg, grated pepper, or grated cheddar cheese to taste.

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