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high protein broccoli cheddar soup

High Protein Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This rich and creamy broccoli cheddar soup is secretly healthy, with 20 grams of protein per serving! It’s the perfect comfort food recipe!


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  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (I like the not-chicken style)
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese, blended

  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the garlic and continue to cook over medium heat for one minute.
  4. Add the smoked paprika and flour and cook for one minute, stirring until the vegetables are coated with flour.
  5. Add the broth and broccoli and bring to a simmer.
  6. Simmer the broccoli for 8-9 minutes until softened.
  7. Add the milk and cook over low heat until the soup is warm.
  8. Add the blended cottage cheese and shredded cheese and stir until melted. Be careful not to turn the heat up too high or the milk will curdle.
  9. Transfer one cup of soup to a blender and blend, allowing steam to escape through the vent. Transfer the blended soup back to the pot. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender to gently blend the soup.

  10. Add salt to taste, if needed.