What’s with the weather? Almost the end of April and we’ve woken up this morning to a sprinkling of snow! I don’t know about you, but for me, snowy weather always makes me need soup. I think that today it’s going to be my Syn Free Broccoli and Cheese Soup. A creamy, cheesy comforting soup, that is in the same breath, healthy. I kid you not this soup has all the comfort you crave on a chill spring day without the syns.
The secret to making this soup taste luscious and creamy is the addition of a small amount of carrot and potato, they blend seamlessly into the soup adding a velvety texture without stopping the overall flavour of the broccoli from shining through. My cheese of choice was a mature Cheddar as it not only adds to the comforting texture but also brings a rich, distinctive, cheesy flavour to the soup. You could vary the soup by adding other varieties of cheese, a creamy Stilton would be particularly tasty. To make this a syn free broccoli and cheese soup you will need to use the cheese as your Healthy Extra a.
I finished off my soup with a garnish of crisply cooked smoked bacon adding both extra taste and texture but without the addition of the bacon this makes a fabulous vegetarian option.
- A head of broccoli roughly chopped including the stalks
- 1 small carrot peeled and sliced
- 1 small potato peeled and diced
- 1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock
- 60g grated mature Cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Crisp cooked bacon to garnish (Optional - I used smoked bacon)
- Place all the vegetables into a saucepan along with the stock. Bring to the boil.
- Turn the heat down to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Leaving the soup in the saucepan remove from the heat and use a stick blender to blend it. I tend to leave the soup with some slight chunks in it but it's up to you - blend it to a consistency that you prefer.
- Keeping off the heat stir in the grated cheese.
- Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
- If you need to reheat the soup at any point do so stirring constantly and do not allow it to come to the boil or the cheese may curdle.
- Serve garnished with bacon if you choose to do so.