Syn Free Broccoli and Cheese Soup

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.

syn free broccoli and cheese soup

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.

Syn Free Broccoli and Cheese Soup
 
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Syn free broccoli and cheese soup. A creamy, cheesy comforting soup that is also healthy. This soup has all the comfort you crave on a chill spring day without the syns.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2 to 4
Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. Place all the vegetables into a saucepan along with the stock. Bring to the boil.
  2. Turn the heat down to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Keeping off the heat stir in the grated cheese.
  5. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  6. 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.
  7. Serve garnished with bacon if you choose to do so.
Notes
This will serve 2 people generously as a light meal or 4 as a starter.

 

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