Thursday, October 25, 2012

Broccoli Mac and Cheese Soup


There is something about cheese and broccoli pairing so well together. I just love it. Then when you turn it onto a soup it's even better now add some pasta and boo-ya! Heaven on a spoon. I am a self admitted cheese-acholic as well as having many other acholics. This is a less fat version of the norm. Lord knows there are a ton of calories in the regular stuff you would get in a restaurant. It perfect for this time of year to warm you right up.

Ingredients:
4 oz dry elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp light butter
2 tbsp flour
2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 cup 2%milk
pinch nutmeg
1/2 tsp dry mustard
*salt and fresh pepper to taste
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped into small pieces
1-1/2 cups  low fat shredded sharp cheddar
2 tbsp parmesan cheese


Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions for al dente. Drain and set aside.
Chop onion, and garlic. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt light butter.  Add onion and garlic and sauté on low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add flour and fresh pepper to the pot and stir until smooth. Slowly add chicken broth, milk, nutmeg and dry mustard powder; whisking constantly.  Set heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil. Cover and cook on low about 10-15 minutes. Add broccoli florets, parmesan cheese, and stir well. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cook uncovered until broccoli is cooked. About 5-10 minutes. Add cheddar, mixing well until cheese melts and immediately remove from heat. Add cooked elbows and mix well, adjust salt and pepper if needed.

*adapted from SkinnyTaste

**Shared over at Love Bakes Good Cakes, Weekend Potluck, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Foodie Friday

6 comments :

  1. Yum. Definitely one of my favorite soup flavor combinations!

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    1. Thanks Anita! Congrats on being features on Tasty Kitchen by Erika!

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  2. So smart to just add macaroni to broccoli cheddar soup - what a perfect pairing! :)

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  3. This is definitely my kind of soup. Just love the combination of ingredients. Sounds so delicious.

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